Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 18, 2013

7d1c80decca9fe78c137eb098eaab1fb_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 7:31-35

Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

“For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus invites us to open our minds and hearts to listen to the truth wherever it appears. We cannot expect the message that God sends to us to always be congenial, spoken to us, if we are liberal, by only liberals, or if we are conservative, only by conservatives. We fall into a trap if we only expect to hear God’s word from saints and never from sinners, from only men or only women, from only the old and never a child. God’s reality suffuses all reality, so living our lives requires an attentive ear and the cultivation of awareness that God speaks to us through diverse people and circumstances.

Saint of the day: After a difficult pregnancy and an even more difficult cesarean delivery, the Servant of God Rossella Petrellese was born in Naples, Italy on Holy Saturday, April 1, 1972. She was baptized in her grandparents’ house on May 28 because she developed a serious asthmatic bronchial pneumonia, the first of many severe medical condition that recurred throughout her life. She unexpectedly recovered from the pneumonia, but as a toddler fell from a chair and went into a coma, requiring neurological care throughout her childhood. A frail and sickly child, she suffered scoliosis and severe heart failure. But alongside the calamitous clinical picture she suffered, she developed a precocious sensitivity, lively intelligence, and an rossella foto classicainnate artistic vocation that led her at five years of age to learn the piano and attend first grade. She made her first communion in Throughout her childhood and adolescence, she longed for a healthy and normal life only to be confronted with illness. In 1986, her family moved to a new city and shortly afterwards, Rossella developed gynecological problems. In the final year of her life, Rossella developed an eye problem that led to her blindness.

In 1992, she met a bishop at a diocesan convention who was to confirm her the following her. She also met a priest who she later asked to celebrate her funeral mass. During this period, from 1993 onward, she began to grow spiritually. She made a pilgrimage to Lourdes and decided to dedicate her suffering to God on behalf of others who suffer. She worked with a spiritual director who encouraged her to enter more deeply into the life of God. Her ailments continued and increased, and eventually she traveled to Minnesota in the United States to seek medical care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She had surgery on her spine at the Mayo Clinic on September 8, 1994. The surgery was successful, but she had to remain in the hospital to recover. On September 17, she received Holy Communion, and the next day, she suddenly died at the age of only 22 years in Rochester, Minnesota. An investigation into her virtues as a first step in the process of beatification commenced in 2006. Her remains were at first buried in a family plot in the Italian town where she and her family lived and then re-interred in the city’s cathedral in May 2010.

Spiritual reading: We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest. (Archbishop Oscar Romero)


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