Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 25, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 12:54-59

Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–-and so it is. dpotok1You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus invites us to take a long loving look at the real. When Jesus tells us we know how to interpret the rising cloud and the blowing wind, he means that to the extent that we behold the world as it really is, we become aware of the presence of the God who is in all things. For the one who has fallen in love with God, God is to be found everywhere, from the farthest stretches of the cosmos to the crowds gathered to watch the World Series. Jesus urges us to cultivate eyes that truly see into the appearances of the universe and recognize God’s presence suffusing everything we sense.

ArenareSaint of the day: Angela Arenare was born February 23, 1816 in Naples, Italy. She was the daughter of a distinguished physician name Fortunato Arenare. She became a woman religious in a congregation that no longer exists, the Servite Nuns of the Third Order Regular. Her name in religion was Maria Juliana of the Blessed Sacrament. Sister Juliana was tending the young daughter of Marquis Vigo; the girl was very ill. Sister Juliana prayed to God that God spare the girl and take her life instead. Sister Juliana quickly became ill with the same disease the child had suffered at the same time that the child regained her health. Sister Juliana died in Naples on October 25, 1857. The investigation into her cause commenced in April 1898.

Spiritual reading: Ultimately, it is where we are not perfect—where we are broken and cracked, where the wind whistles through—that is the stuff of transformation. (Mark Nepo)

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