Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 6, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 14:25-33

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus teaches that building the kingdom of God among us requires preparation on our part. The temptation is to sit in front of a television or in our living rooms with a good book with a vague intention one day to volunteer to visit prisoners or drive the food wagon for the local soup kitchen that feeds the homeless. Building the kingdom of God with concrete actions requires some foresight, developing a plan, and following through with it. Building God’s kingdom means planning plans while leaving the results to God.

Saint of the day: Catechist Joseph Khang was born in the year 1832 in the Christian community of Vietnam. At age 16, after his father died, he said goodbye to his mother with the intention of studying for the priesthood. The persecution that arose against the Christians in Vietnam changed all his plans, and all the colleges and seminaries were closed. Joseph eventually became a lay Dominican.

The fate of Joseph Khang was the same that befell Bishop Jerome Hermosilla with whom he was taken prisoner. Joseph’s faithfulness was admirable since he could have escaped. Nonetheless, he preferred to remain at the side of the bishop. He observed, “If the Bishop dies for the faith, so will I.” Joseph was cruelly whipped several times and subjected to other tortures but he bore his afflictions bravely, remaining happy and peaceful and carrying himself with dignity. Joseph was decapitated on December 6, 1861, a few days after his beloved bishop was beheaded. He was canonized in 1988.

Spiritual reading: We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.)


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  1. arr2013 said, on November 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Reblogged this on andrewrossrobinson and commented:
    Incredible message

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