Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 24, 2013

4e762d6ff73b78a7b12b6fd6f6fe521c_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus in this passage of the gospel is not criticizing his family. Whatever his sense of his other family members, we know that elsewhere in Luke’s gospel, the evangelist praises Mary’s yes to God’s reign. Jesus in this passage instead makes the point that the connections we share with one another through our fidelity to the word of God–how we live it out in our daily lives–are what makes us members of Jesus’ family.

Saint of the day: Born in Buenos Aires in April 1867 of Italian immigrants from Genoa to Argentina, Victorina Rivara-Perazzo, received her religious education along with her sisters and brothers from their mother. Victorina had a desire to enter the convent, but various difficulties interfered, and in the end, she accepted these obstacles as signs that God intended for her a different vocation. She married the handsome young Rafael Perazzo in September 1887 when she was 20-years-old. Six years later she gave birth to her first son, Rafael; this birth was followed by the births of a son Rodolfo and a daughter Maria Angelica for a total of three children born to the couple. Victorina Rivara-PerazzoRafael was a good provider, and when Victorina’s husband died 38 years after he and Victorina married, he left her in a financially comfortable condition.

Victorina, for her part, was a good wife, but when her husband died she embraced a simpler lifestyle modeled on the pattern of Don Bosco. Having been educated by the Salesian Sisters, Victorina nurtured a great devotion by John Bosco. So with her daughter, Maria Angelica, she traveled to Europe in 1934 to participate in his canonization. Like Don Bosco, Victorina worked with the poor and especially with children using her wealth to establish schools for indigent children. She lived constantly anchored in God, receiving communion every morning, and practicing faith, hope, and love in her day-to-day life. Even though the good economic situation left to her by her husband might have prompted others to live a life of vanity, she displayed a sweet and humble disposition, speaking little. She died at the age of 90 on September 24, 1957. Her cause for beatification was opened in 1989.

Spiritual reading: This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. (Hafiz)

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