Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 20, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, 79532b60187b7470062b17856c00b486_w600and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel reading says that the mission to carry the gospel and proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God is not just one set of gifts and activities. To be sure, one of the roles is that of the Twelve: to preach the gospel and establish the Kingdom through what we say and do. But there are other ways to support the work of proclaiming the good news. Some of women who accompanied Jesus, for example, seem to have had money and position. One of them was Joanna, the wife of King Herod’s steward. These women helped Jesus and his disciples with their material needs. The gospel calls each to give to the building up of the reign of God on earth from the store of their gifts.

Saint of the day: Former Abbot of the Heiligenkreuz Cistercian Abbey, the Servant Of God Karl Braunstorfer, O.Cist. was born as Heinrich Braunstorfer on May 3, 1895 in Katzelsdorf, Austria. Karl BraunstorferEntering the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz of the Cistercian Monks on August 22, 1914, he made his monastic profession on August 23, 1915, and took his solemn vows on September 8, 1918. Ordained to the Priesthood on February 24, 1919, on the following September 21, he was named Novice Master. Appointed prior and parish priest in Heiligenkreuz on December 23, 1933, Dom Karl also served as dean of the abbey between 1943 and 1945 and Superior of the Carmelite nuns in Mayerling.

At 50 years of age, he was elected abbot of Heiligenkreuz, receiving his abbatial blessing on the following day from Cardinal Theodor Innitzer. He served as abbot of his monastery until 1969. As the Abbot Præses of the Austrian Cistercian Congregation, he attended the Second Vatican Council. When he returned from the Council to Heiligenkreuz, he implemented the liturgical renewal that the Council inaugurated. After resigning as abbot due to the frailty of age, he dedicated his last years to the Latin Cistercian Office. Abbot Braunstorfer passed away on September 20, 1978 at age 83 and was interred in the Abbey’s Cemetery six days later. On Saturday, November 15, 2008, the beatification process was opened in the abbey church by the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, OP.

Spiritual reading: We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us. (Margaret Guenther )


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