Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 11, 2013

a1f383bfa4e440a554b52c95f25b73c8_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When Jesus stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth and unrolled the scroll to find the part of Isaiah that describes his messianic ministry, one element of it was the healing of the impaired. Consistent with that interpretation, Jesus argues in this gospel that a human being made whole is a sure and certain sign of God’s intervention: no other interpretation makes sense. A word of encouragement is always from God.

Saint of the day: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was an Italian peasant born in 1881 at Sotto il Monte, Italy. He rose to be one of the leading religious figures of the 20th century. Educated at Bergamo and the Seminario Romano, Rome, he was ordained in 1904. As secretary to the bishop of Bergamo from 1904 to 1914, he wrote the basis for his five-volume biography of Saint Charles Borromeo. He served in World War I in the medical corps, and as a chaplain. He worked in Rome after the war and reorganized the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Archbishop in 1925. He served as a Vatican diplomatic representative to Bulgaria, then Turkey, and Greece. Named papal nuncio to France in 1944, he mediated between conservative and socially radical clergy. Cardinal and patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected the bishop of Rome on October 28, 1958. He took a new name as the head of the church of Rome, calling himself John XXIII.

In this role, as the head of the largest group of Christians in the world, he stressed his own pastoral duties as well as those of other bishops and clergy. He promoted social reforms for workers, poor people, orphans, and the outcast. He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Church of England, and even Shinto. His letter Mater et Magistra of July 14, 1961 advocated social reform, assistance to underdeveloped countries, a living wage for all workers, and support for socialist measures that promised real benefit to society.

microphoneBishop Salmeo Ferraz, one of the bishops whom CACINA’s founder, Carlos Duarte Costa, ordained, reconciled with Rome. Without another ordination, Angelo Roncalli, as bishop of Rome, appointed Ferraz an auxiliary bishop of Sao Paolo.

On January 25, 1959, Roncalli announced his intent to call a council to consider ways to renew the church in the modern world, promote diversity within the unity of the church, and consider reforms promoted by ecumenical and liturgical movements. Convening the council, known as Vatican II, on October 11, 1962, was the high point of his service as the head of the Roman church. Salmeo Ferraz participated in the Council.

His heartiness, his overflowing love for humanity individually and collectively, and his freshness of approach to ecclesiastical affairs made John XXIII one of the best-loved religious figures of modern times. He was beatified in 2000; the universal Church is scheduled to proclaim him a saint on April 27, 2014.

Spiritual reading: If God created shadows it was to better emphasise the light. (John XXIII)


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