Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 7, 2013

655bd8ba113084756d2cb36ecaecd594_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus addressed this parable to them. “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’ In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Every human person has dignity. The crack addict . . . the sex worker . . . the murderer on death row: every human person, whether admired or reviled by the world, has an immense and innate dignity as a creation from the hands of our good God. If the parable of the Good Shepherd means anything at all, it means that God created us all, loves us all, and is working to bring us all home, into what may be the first embrace many of us have ever had the opportunity to feel. The parable of the Good Shepherd implies that the kingdom is in places we don’t expect to find it, in places where our biases and, for some of us, our disgust prevent us from seeing it. Jesus asks us to look more deeply into the smallness and sordidness of human existence to understand how the kingdom is mysteriously at work.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Francis Michael “Frank” Duff was born in Dublin in June 1889, the eldest of seven children of John and Susan (née Freehill) Duff. He attended Blackrock College and then entered the Civil Service at age 18. Six years later, when he was 24, he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and experienced the real poverty of the Dublin of Frank_Duffthat time. Many who lived in tenement squalor were forced to attend soup kitchens for sustenance, and some of the natural consequences of abject poverty, including alcoholism and prostitution, were rife in Dublin. Duff joined the St. Patrick’s Conference in the St. Nicholas of Myra parish and soon rose through the ranks to become the president of the group.

In 1916, aged 27, Duff published his first pamphlet, Can we be Saints?, in which he expressed the conviction that all without exception are called to be saints, and that through Christian faith all persons have available the means necessary to attain sainthood. In 1917 he came to know the treatise of St. Louis de Montfort on the true devotion to Mary, a work that brought to his attention the importance of Mary in the life of the laity. Along with a group of Catholic women and Fr. Michael Toher, a priest of the Dublin Archdiocese, he formed the first branch of what was to become the first praesidium of the Legion of Mary on September 7, 1921. From that day until his death, with the help of many others, he guided the worldwide extension of the Legion. In 1965, Pope Paul VI invited Duff to attend the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer, an honor that recognized and affirmed Duff’s work for the lay apostolate. Duff died at age 91 on November 7, 1980 and was interred in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. The diocesan investigation into Frank Duff’s cause for canonization opened in 1996.

Spiritual reading: You were loved because God loves, period. God loved you, and everyone, not because you believed in certain things, but because you were a mess, and lonely, and His or Her child. God loved you no matter how crazy you felt on the inside, no matter what a fake you were; always, even in your current condition, even before coffee. (Anne Lamott)


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  1. arr2013 said, on November 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Reblogged this on andrewrossrobinson and commented:
    Loved reading this.

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