Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 12, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” e0928938b9131293f9563ca729464b96_w600He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We have different expressions that convey the influence of parents over their children. We sometimes say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and, “He’s a chip off the old block.” Today’s gospel conveys something of that sensibility. When the woman calls out from the crowd to praise Jesus’ mother, she essentially is saying, “Such a great guy could only have come from an amazing mother.” What made Mary great, of course, was the fact she was able to say, “Yes,” to God whenever she heard the word of God. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because what makes Jesus great is his ability to say, “Yes,” to God whenever he heard the word of God.

Saint of the day: João Bosco Burnier Penido was born on June 12, 1917 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, the fifth son of a family of nine children. Eventually becoming a Jesuit, two of João’s eight siblings also dedicated themselves to life in the Church: Brother Martin as a Dominican, and Monsignor Vicente Burnier, João Bosco Burnier Penidothe first deaf priest from Brazil, known as one of the most active priests of the pastoral ministry for the Deaf.

João studied in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he completed a degree in theology. There he was ordained a priest in 1946 going on to complete his training in Spain. Appointed to a leadership position in the Society of Jesus, he returned to Brazil in 1954 and was appointed vice-provincial region of Minas Gerais, Goiás and Espírito Santo. He participated in the founding of a Jesuit college in the town where he was born, served as novice master, and took the position of spiritual director of other young men in formatin. The mature years of his life were devoted to serving Brazilian indigenous peoples. Fr. João died in Mato Grosso, Brazil on October 12, 1976, after being shot by a police officer on the afternoon of October 11, after along with another priest, João had interceded in favor of two women prisoners who were tortured. The soldier who killed Fr. João, punch, pistol-whipped, and shot a bullet into him. After 33 years, the Brazilian federal government admitted in December 2009 through the work of the Special Commission on Political Deaths and Disappearances, the murder of Father João.

Spiritual reading: We must be careful with our lives, for Christ’s sake, because it would seem that they are the only lives we are going to have in this puzzling and perilous world, and so they are very precious and what we do with them matters enormously. (Frederick Buechner)


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