Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 10, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 6:12-19

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother 6e90b9799e6ca3e473bad8dfcc885b03_w600Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus was a man of prayer who sought God’s direction and guidance. Prayer animated him and shimmered through him in what he said and what he did. Connected to the life of God, his choices mirrored the inspirations that came to him, and the work he did not only showed forth the Father’s power but also attracted people to him so strongly that all of them wanted to touch him because of the power that his connection to the Father produced in him.

Saint of the day: Francis Garate, S.J. was born in 1857 in Recarte, a village not far from Loyola, in the Basque region of northern Spain. At the age of 14, after a few years of elementary education, he began work as a domestic servant at the Jesuit college in Orduna before entering the Society of Jesus as a Brother. From 1877 to1888 he served as infirmarian and sacristan at the Jesuit college in La Guardia. For the next 40 years he was doorkeeper at the University of Deusto in Bilbao. As doorkeeper he was the first person most people would see on entering the university building: he became also effectively receptionist, public relations officer, student counselor, and benefactor of the poor. He was noted by all for his innate goodness, humility, and prayerfulness. He has been called a “modern Alphonsus” because his Jesuit life reflected that of another doorkeeper, Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez S.J. Francis died on September 9, 1929, the feast of fellow Jesuit, Saint Peter Claver. He was beatified in 1985. Beatified in 1985, Francis is remembered for his outstanding charity, courtesy, and dedication to work.

Spiritual reading: Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself. (Miguel de Unamuno)


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  1. kirkcampbell2013 said, on September 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Reblogged this on KC Genius.

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