Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 22, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. head-of-christ-1650.jpg!BlogThe king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We are what we do. We may feel God’s tug, but if we don’t move our feet in response, the tug is in vain. Expecting that because we’ve heard God’s invitation and said, “Yes,” we’re entitled to the feast, is a delusion that we all fall prey to. The victory is not won, nor is the battle o’er, at least in our lives, till the day we breathe our last. Until then, the challenge for us is showing up for the gospel, carrying it with us as we make our way from day to day: making it real in the little acts that fill up our seconds and minutes. Living the Kingdom means putting one foot in front of the other. It means allowing ourselves to be inconvenienced if it advances the Good News. It means living our, “Yes,” even when everything inside of us may be shouting, “I don’t want to do this.” It’s about being there for others; it’s about how we behave when others aren’t looking. Living the gospel must be all yes not just in what we say but what we do.

Saint of the day: Blessed Symeon Lukach was born in the village of Starunya, Stanislaviv Region of the Ukraine on July 7, 1893. His parents were peasant farmers. He entered the seminary in 1913. His studies were interrupted for two years during World War I, and he didn’t finish his training until 1919. In that year he was ordained a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest by Symeon LukachBishop Hryhory Khomyshyn. Fr. Symeon taught moral theology at the seminary in Stanislaviv until April 1945 when Khomyshyn ordained him an undergound bishop.

He was first arrested on October 26, 1949 by the NKVD, the Russian Communist secret police, and deported to Siberia for ten years hard labor. After serving half his sentence, he was released on February 11, 1955. After this, he served as an underground member of the clergy. In July 1962 he was arrested for a second time. He appeared in court with Bishop Ivan Sleziuk who was also an underground bishop. He was sentenced to five more years of labor. While he was in prison, he developed tuberculosis. He was released back to his village where he died on August 22, 1964. He was declared a martyr of the Church in April 2001 and beatified about two months later on June 27, 2001.

Spiritual reading: Kindle in our hearts, O God, the flame of that love which never ceases, that it may burn in us, giving light to others. May we shine forever in Thy holy temple, set on fire with Thy eternal light, Even Thy son, Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer. (Columban of Iona)


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