Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 19, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 7:36-50

A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

1900a545ec82fe082fc429f6bc84516f_w600“Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?”

Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Biographers in the ancient world had little interest in many of the things that preoccupy biographers in our own age. They were not much interested in their subjects’ physical characteristics, favorite food, or temperament. Luke’s account of Jesus’ visit to Simon the Pharisee’s home and the subsequent encounter with the woman who loved much is remarkable for many reasons–Simon’s failure to afford Jesus the customary forms of hospitality, Jesus’ ability to read Simon’s thoughts, the faith of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, and Jesus’ forgiveness of the woman’s sins. But it also remarkable, because it gives us an insight into the Lord’s personality. Jesus shows throughout the episode composure, inner security, and interior freedom. He exhibits no signs of discomfort or embarrassment. When the woman, who is a public sinner, approaches him and then wipes and kisses his feet, he does not pull away or tell the woman to stop what she is doing. Simon and his other guests are shocked and probably embarrassed, but Jesus remains calm and at ease. The reason is that he knows what the woman is doing and is not worried about what others might think she is doing. Jesus models for us the ability to focus human need and not be self-conscious about what others think when he knows what he is doing reflects love.

Alessandro NottegarSaint of the day: The Servant of God Alessandro Nottegar was born in Verona, Italy on October 30, 1943. After the fifth grade, his family sent him to minor seminary, but after years of study and vocational discernment, Alessandro understood that his call was not to the priesthood but to family life; he desired to serve the Lord in marriage and share with others the gifts he received. He enrolled in a school of medicine. In 1971, he married Luisa a woman who shared his ideals; together they had three daughters. He graduated in 1977 and in 1978, with his family in tow, he went to Brazil where he lived four years, serving the poorest of the sick and the lepers. Returning to Italy after four years of mission, he found a job at the hospital of S. Bonifacio. Meanwhile, feeling the call to sell everything he has to follow the Lord with his family and start a new community, he sold Alessandro Nottegar 1lands inherited from his father and deposited the sum in a bank account in the name of Mary Queen of Peace. In an amazing way, the money in the account multiplied seven times, allowing the family to buy a big house in the hills of Verona. Here in August 1986, Nottegar Alexander founded the Queen of Peace Community. On September 15, 1986, Alessandro said to his daughters, “Girls, I do not bequeath lands, nor apartments, nor bank accounts. The legacy that I leave is the total commitment to the Gospel and the opportunity to study until graduation.” This was his last will and testament. A few days later, on September 19 1986, after returning from his job at the hospital, Alessandro died suddenly died of a heart attack. He was just 42-years-old. Luisa was alone with her ​​three daughters in the new community, which had begun only a little over a month before. The same evening a young couple, Mario and Rita Granuzzo, decided to move in with her. A diocesan inquiry opened his cause for beatification in 2007.

Spiritual reading: Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth plants something in one’s soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of invisible and visible winged seeds, so the stream of time brings with it the germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of all. (Seeds of Contemplation by Fr. Thomas Merton)


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