Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 24, 2013

847d9e3418a094612c1d0fa907e7e36f_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the Old Testament, God appeared to Israel as a pillar of fire that led God’s people through the desert. When Jesus says he comes to set the earth on fire, he is talking about the complete inbreaking of God into human history, where God and God’s values hold sway over human destiny, and God leads God’s people through future time as once God led God’s people in the desert. Until that day arrives when all live the passionate life of God on earth, to follow the way of truth and love and of freedom and justice is always going to arouse the hostility of those whom goodness threatens. No matter who may hurt by our choices, we are to keep our eyes on Jesus and our feet on Jesus’ path.

Saint of the day: Luigi Guanella was a priest from Northern Italy. Luigi was the ninth of thirteen children born to Lawrence and Maria Guanella in 1842. The family was poor but respected and devoted to their religious beliefs and practices. He had it appears a normal childhood for the times. He entered the seminary when he was 12 years old and was ordained in 1866. From 1875 until 1878 he assisted Don Bosco famous for his care of homeless children. During much of Father Guanella’s lifetime, Italy was in a state of political unrest. Numerous laws were passed by the anticlerics and socialists restricting and suppressing the works of the church. Father Guanella continued his works of ministering to the homeless, poor, orphans and handicapped. He was a friend and a contemporary of Pope Pius X often appealing to him to help in his works. To continue his works he founded two religious orders, the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. Both groups are still at work in Italy, the United States, and other countries.


Father Guanella came to the United States in 1912 to investigate the plight of the Italian immigrants. While in Chicago he attempted to visit Genoa, Wisconsin to visit old friends and relatives, but was unable to fit in a visit. Father Guanella died in 1915. Father Guanella was beatified in 1964. The miracle needed for his canonization was the healing of a young American, William Glisson, who was 21 when he fell over a hole and hit his head while skating backward without a helmet, rollerblading down the Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He needed two separate skull surgeries and was in a coma for nine days with a grave prognosis. After a doctor, who was a family friend and who worked at a rehabilitation center run by the Opera Don Guanella, gave Glisson’s mother two relics of the future saint, Glisson was released from the hospital in less than a month and returned to work just seven months later. Luigi Guanella was canonized in 2011.

Spiritual reading: You wouldn’t think it would be so easy to forget who we really are, or that death is always at our shoulder, or that everything is alive, or that God is everywhere singing. (Claudio Mauro)

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  1. secretangel said, on October 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love Jason Upton’s anointed music…

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