Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 12, 2013

christ-in-silence.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 17:22-27

As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?” When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The grief that disciples feel at Jesus’ prediction of the paschal mystery doesn’t change them; as this passage suggests, Peter, for instance, is the same after the prediction–impulsive, extravagant, and slow to understand–as he was before. Yet the disciples’ grief does reveal the interior lives of the disciples–that their encounter with Jesus already had transformed them. When Jesus entered the disciples’ lives, he did not come simply with advice about what they ought to do but had chosen rather to share their pain and touch their wounds with a warm and tender hand. The disciples’ grief at the news their friend was to suffer and die provides evidence for the effect Jesus had on the lives of those who walked with him from day to day.

Karl_LeisnerSaint of the day: Born February 28, 1915 at Rees, Germany, Karl Leisner studied theology in Munster and tried to establish Catholic youth groups. However, the Nazis sought control of all work with youth, and he had to take teenagers “camping” in Belgium and the Netherlands in order to freely discuss Catholicism.

He spent six months in compulsory agricultural work during which, despite Nazi opposition, he organized Sunday Mass for his fellow workers. His home was raided by the Gestapo who seized his diaries and papers. These meticulously preserved documents tell how the spiritual young man became a heroic religious leader.

Ordained deacon by Bishop von Galen in 1939, he was imprisoned in Freiburg, Mannheim, and Sachsenhausen for criticizing Hitler. Transferred on December 14, 1941 to Dachau, where he was secretly ordained a priest on December 17, 1944 by French bishop Gabriel Piquet, a fellow prisoner, Leisner was so sick he had to postpone his first Mass for over a week.

Still in the camp when it was liberated on May 4, 1945, he was immediately transferred to tuberculosis sanitarium of Planegg, near Munich for the remaining months of his life. He died August 12, 1945 of tuberculosis.

Spiritual reading: When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. (Henri J.M. Nouwen)


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