Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 19, 2013

rembrandt_jesusGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 19:16-22

A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The invitation to the rich young man to come follow me is the same invitation Jesus extended to his disciples. Peter, Andrew, James, and John all responded to Jesus’ call to follow him by abandoning their families, nets, and everything they owned, but the rich young man in today’s gospel passage couldn’t do the same. The young man trusts his wealth will protect him. It was not because he possessed wealth that he could not say yes to Jesus; it was because his wealth possessed him. The story of the rich young man, in his inability to say yes, instructs us in the kind of interior freedom that God requires of us if we are to say yes to Jesus’ invitation to us.

Saint of the day: Ezekiel Moreno was born in the city of Alfaro, Spain, on April 9, 1848, of poor but committed Christian parents. His early years were seemingly ordinary and uneventful ones in which Ezekiel came to be remembered as an obedient son, a loving brother, a good companion to his friends, and a diligent student. Following the example of an older brother, he St. Ezekiel Morenoentered the Recollect Congregation of the Augustinian Order in Monteagudo in 1864. After studying theology and the profession of solemn vows, he and seventeen other young friars set sail for the Philippine Islands, landing in Manila in February 1870. In June 1871 he was ordained a priest and embarked upon an enthusiastic ministry among the island people which lasted for over fifteen years. In 1885 his superiors recalled him to Spain to become rector of the college and novitiate of Monteagudo, where he remained for three years.

In 1888 he volunteered once again for the missions, this time in Colombia, and was placed in charge of a new effort there to restore the ancient Recollect province of Candelaria with an appointment as prior provincial. Under his leadership the friars began mission work in the difficult Plains of Casanare. On May 1, 1894 Ezekiel was ordained bishop, becoming the first Vicar Ezekiel MorenoApostolic of Casanare, pleasing religious and civic authorities and the people, who all held him in great esteem. Less than two years later he was promoted to the Metropolitan See of Pasto. During his pastorate there, Colombia was plagued with war from 1899 until 1902, In this difficult situation Bishop Moreno proved himself to be a great defender of the Church and a voice of strength and clarity for his people.

Bishop Moreno was found to be suffering from cancer and was advised by physicians to return to Europe to receive proper treatment. Contrary to his own desire, but upon the insistence of the religious and clergy of the diocese, he departed Pasto in December 1905 and was operated on in Madrid the following February, and again in March. Recognizing that the end was drawing near he asked to spend his final days in Monteagudo, Spain, where he died on August 19, 1906 in the monastery where he entered the Augustinian Order and served as rector. He was canonized in 1992.

Spiritual reading: What could be meant by a peace which is not like the kind the world gives? . . . It is the peace of a soul that through love has come to dwell entirely in heaven and to share in heaven’s own peace, regardless of anything earthly that can happen to it. (Charles de Foucauld)


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