Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 6, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? cf9088bcee81bf2f1b0b24366825fbad_w600But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We are in relationship with Jesus like wedding guests are in relationship with the bridegroom. If the bridegroom is at the reception, everyone who loves him is grateful for his presence and this gratitude creates joy. The scribes and Pharisees have fixed notions of religious propriety and practice, but Jesus is telling them that the old ways must yield new kinds of religious expression. He doesn’t say the old ways have no value. What he does say is that his presence in the world has sanctified gratitude and joy as forms of devotion right alongside fasting and prayer.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Uberto Mori was born in Modena, Italy on January 28, 1926. His father was a military officer, and his position required his family to move often when Uberto was young. Uberto served in the Italian army during World War II and was instrumental in allowing 107 Jewish children to escape to safety prior to the arrival of the Germans. MORI4Uberto’s father died of a tumor in 1944, and Uberto left the military at that time. When he graduated from high school in 1944, he went on to study mechanical engineering in Bologna. He married in 1952; he and his wife had a son and a daughter in the 1950s. In 1958, Uberto went to visit Padre Pio, and the encounter increased his devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Uberto earned a degree in industrial engineering in 1959. Having been financially successful as an entrepreneur, Uberto not long after he received his degree started to teach at the University of Bologna. He and his wife made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1963 and became tertiary Franciscans in 1968. The couple supported the development of a center for spirituality in Italy, a mission project in central Africa, and the establishment of a television ministry to further the proclamation of the gospel. Uberto suffered a heart attack in 1987 and after moving among hospitals had open heart surgery in August 1989. The surgery seemed to have gone well, but Uberto unexpectedly died while recuperating in the hospital on September 6, 1989. The Diocese of Modena-Nonantola opened its inquiry for canonization in 1997. The investigation was completed and turned over to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saint in 2000.

Spiritual reading: Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness. (David Steindl-Rast)


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