Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 9, 2013

GardenGospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: One of Jesus’ disciples makes a request of Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” When Jesus in response offers his disciples what we sometimes call, the Our Father and sometimes refer to as the Lord’s Prayer, he is not merely giving us a formulaic to use but teaching a way to be with God. When Jesus teaches us to God “Father,” he is inviting us to intimacy with God in our prayers. When he suggests we tell God that God’s name be hallowed, he is inviting us to be people who praise. When he indicates we pray for the coming of the Kingdom, he is telling us that justice and mercy ought to be context in which we pray. The prayers for bread and forgiveness remind us that we rely on God for our physical and spiritual well-being. Mentioning our forgiveness of others is a lesson about prayer as part of a communion of reconciliation. And the last part of the prayer, that we not be put to the test, is our acknowledgement that we will become distracted and need God to help us to persevere until the end.

Saint of the day: John Henry Newman was born in London on February 21, 1801. He was educated at Ealing at Trinity College, Oxford and chosen a fellow of Oriel College. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1824, he was a curate of Saint Clement’s, Oxford for two years. As he continued his studies he began to be influenced by Catholic writers. He became the vicar of Saint Mary’s in 1828. He helped found and guide the Tractarian Movement beginning in 1833. His writings grew more and more in sympathy with Catholicism, and he was forced to resign his position at Saint Mary’s. He claimed that his philosophy was a via media (middle way) between Catholicism and Luthero-Calvinism, but he came to see that this idea was just a repetition of old heresies. In 1841 he lived in seclusion with friends at Littlemore, reading, studying, and praying. In 1845, he joined the Catholic Church.

Ordained a Catholic priest in Rome, Italy in 1846, he joined the Oratorians and returned to England in 1847 where he lived in Birmingham and finally Edgbaston where he lived the bulk of his remaining 40 years. Newman founded the London Oratory. He became an influential writer on matters of theology, philosophy, and apologetics, bringing hundreds into the Church; he also was a noted poet. Made an honorary fellow of Trinity College in 1878, he became a cardinal in 1879. He died August 11, 1890. He was beatified in 2010.

Spiritual reading: To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living. (John Henry Newman)


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