Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 8, 2013

christ-with-martha-and-mary-1911.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: At one level this gospel passage recounts our journey to the center. Martha in this gospel passage is busy, and she is busier than either Jesus or Mary. She performs four actions in the text: the first in welcoming Jesus, next in serving, then coming to Jesus, and finally talking. In the passage, Jesus does just two things: enter the village and respond to Martha’s complaint. It it is Mary, however, who is the still small point in the narrative. Mary, like Jesus, does two things: in her case, sit and listen. But though Mary and Jesus converse, Mary is the counterpoint for Martha, for she is still in body and speech before the Lord.

Saint of the day: Born in1541 in Italy, John Leonardi worked as a pharmacist’s apprentice while studying for the priesthood. After ordination on December 22, 1572, he worked with prisoners and the sick. His example attracted some young laymen to assist him, most of whom became priests themselves. This group formed Clerks Regular of the Mother of God, a congregation SaintJeanLeonardiof diocesan priests which, for reasons having to do with the politics of the Reformation and an unfounded accusation that John wanted to form the group for his own personal aggrandizement, provoked great opposition. The Clerks were confirmed as a congregation in 1595, but John was exiled from Lucca for most of the rest of his life. John was assisted in his exile by Saint Philip Neri, who gave him and his pet cat quarters.

In 1579, he formed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and published a compendium of Christian doctrine that remained in use until the 19th century. He died on October 9,1609 at Rome, Italy from a disease caught while tending plague victims. By the deliberate policy of the founder, the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God have never had more than 15 churches, and today form only a very small congregation. The arms of the order are azure, Our Lady Assumed into Heaven; and its badge and seal the monogram of the Mother of God in Greek characters.

Spiritual reading: Pray, even if you feel nothing, see nothing. For when you are dry, empty, sick or weak, at such a time is your prayer most pleasing to God, even though you may find little joy in it. This is true of all believing prayer. (Juliana of Norwich)


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