Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 16, 2013

jesus-christ-crowned-with-thorns-1550.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:42-46

The Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus in today’s gospel criticizes a certain mentality: fastidious attention to rules and regulations while failing to love God and act justly. The gospel is not about the good opinion of men and women; they may think of us as they will. At the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is God’s.

Saint of the day: Blessed Thevarparampil Kunjachan was a priest who dedicated himself to the spiritual and temporal welfare of a marginalised set of people who were poor and exploited for generations. He was the son of Mani and Elizabeth Thevarparampil born on April 1, 1891 at Ramapuram in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Palai, Kerala, India. He was ordained Augustine Thevarparampilpriest on December 17, 1921. Known as Fr. Augustine, he was short of stature and that was the origin of his pet name `Kunjachan’ (Little Priest) in the local language, Malayalam. He was just an ordinary priest who could not claim eminence in any field of human activity. But he was humble, kind, service-minded, and loving to poor and downtrodden people. He lived in his own parish, St. Augustine’s church in Ramapuram as one among the three assistant parish priests for more than 40 years, working specially for the uplift of the untouchables.

Fr. Augustine baptized no less than 5,000 untouchable, making him one of the foremost missionaries among the untouchables of India. In fact, he neither made use of eloquent sermons nor of any human techniques in order to give them the Christ whom he served. He preached by what he did. Fr. Augustine led a very simple life for the poor and wished to be with them even after death. He spent everything he had for the poor. Fr. Augustine was a priest for more than 50 years and wrote in his Testament: “I do not possess anything either as landed property or as cash account…. After my death, my funeral must be conducted in the most simple way. Ever since 1926, I had been staying with the (untouchable) Christians. Even after death, I would like to be with them. Therefore my dead body should be buried where the (untouchable) Christians are buried.”

After a brief period of serious illness Fr. Augustine died on October 16, 1973 at the age of 82. At his death the children and others told that a saint has passed away. He was beatified in 2006, just 33 years after his death.

Spiritual reading: It is not perfection that leads us to God; it is perseverance. (Joan Chittister)


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