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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 3, 2013

jesus-portraitGospel reading of the day:

Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The people in today’s gospel are amazed at Jesus’ ability to teach and heal. A good teacher inspires us to give our best: to dig down and do more than we were first inclined. True healing requires we accept our present condition so we can address it and move beyond it. There is something about Jesus and the way his word penetrates people that calls on us at our deepest levels both to recognize what we know is truest about our lives and transcend the impediments which hold us back.

Saint of the day: Born in Spain on March 22, 1918 the Servant of God Pedro Guerrero Gonzalez was the oldest of five siblings. After completing high school in Switzerland and Madrid, he took economics courses in Switzerland and Milan. He entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in El Puerto de Santa Maria on October 6, 1941. padre_pedroguerrerogonzalez_puertosantamariaHis life in the company was that of all Jesuits. His brother Jesuits testified he surrendered him to God and others in an extraordinary way with charity and humility. He was ordained a priest on July 15, 1953 at the Faculty of Theology of Granada.

In the years that he worked as a priest, most of them were spent in El Puerto de Santa María. Even when he was assigned as assistant provincial administrator in Seville, he frequently returned to El Puerto, where exercising apostolic charity with all kinds of people, especially the poorest, who still remember him. He was always a true man of God for all. He spent many hours in the confessional, attending to the sick, and helping families with food. he took communion to countless disabled and encouraged adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He often would respond to people in crisis during the late hours of the night. When he had hours off from his administrative duties, he went on a small motorcycle to attend sick or bring communion. On September 3, 1973, he died in a motorcycle accident in Seville while attending to someone spiritually in need.

Spiritual reading: Contemplation matters. It transforms us. It trains us in a new way of seeing. It opens our hearts and minds to the silent loving presence of God, which in turn equips us to more faithfully love God in return, and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Carl McColman)

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