Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 31, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. 26dda05f131c17031c5117121ebc7e6d_w600Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus is the model and pattern of our lives. His witness that his life has a purpose is testament that all of our lives have purposes. When Jesus says that he casts out demons, he suggests we too are to quiet the the distress we encounter in one another. When he says that he heals, he invites us to mind each others’ wounds. When he obliquely refers to his resurrection on the third day, he encourages us to be resilient. And when Jesus says it is impossible for him to die outside of Jerusalem, he reassures us that we will not go before we achieve what God sent us to do.

Saint of the day: Fernando de la Fuente de la Fuente was born December 16, 1943. He was a Spanish Marist Brother and missionary who was one of four Marist Brothers martyred at the Nyamirangwe refugee camp, Zaire. Together with the brothers of his community who were assassinated, Brother Miguel Ángel Isla Lucio, Brother Servando Mayor García, and Brother Julio Rodríguez Jorge. Brothers Fernando, Miguel, Servando, and Julio are commemorated in Marist circles on October 31 as the Martyrs of Bugobe. The cause of the canonization of the four men is pending.

Born to Sigismundo and Primitiva de la Fuente de la Fuente in Burgos, Spain, Fernando became a teacher in Chile after taking his first vows on July 2, 1962. He had also worked as a formator and a member of the Chilean provincial council. Congo Marist MartyrsThe Marist Brothers had had a strong presence in east-central Africa, particularly Rwanda, where they had been since 1952. However, with the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the General Assembly and the District Council of the Brothers of Rwanda made the decision in August 1994 to have a renewed presence among the Rwandans to assist in the nation’s rebuilding. Within the country, three communities which centered their mission on the schools were reopened. Six Brothers formed a new community at the service of the refugees outside the country. In view of the escalating difficulties faced by the refugees and the Rwandan Brothers themselves, the community was reinforced with three non-African Brothers. But as the inter-racial tensions persisted, it was decided to withdraw the Rwandan Brothers from the Bugobe community.

To aid the mission of the Rwandan Brothers, Brother Fernando offered to participate as an expression of missionary solidarity. He was accepted and left in December 1995 to serve the mission. After two months in Belgium at the Center for the Formation of French-Speaking Missionaries, he went in February 1996 to Zaire, to the refugee camp of Nyamirangwe (Bugobe). Fernando de la Fuente de la Fuente, Miguel Ángel Isla Lucio, Servando Mayor García, and Julio Rodríguez Jorge were murdered on October 31, 1996 around 8:00 in the evening. They were apparently shot. The perpetrators of the crime were a group of the Officers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (APR), who murdered the Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa two days before and the Rwandan and Burundian refugees in the refugee camp Nyamirangwe. The bodies of the four Marists were recovered from the waste-water tank on November 14 and were interred at the brothers’ novitiate house in Nyangezi.

Spiritual reading: Lord, when I feel that what I’m doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it. (Brennan Manning)

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