Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 9, 2013

09f87702ae6c66312141f784c71a691d_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 16:9-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him. And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the passage of scripture we read yesterday, Jesus counsels us, through the example of the servant who makes provision for the future, to be wily in our plans to advance the establishment of God’s Kingdom. In today’s gospel, Jesus advises us to use our wealth to make friends. Luke’s gospel is the gospel of material poverty; it is the gospel that establishes unambiguously the preferential option for the poor. As Luke sees it, we should use our wealth, whatever it may be–money, position, talents, or other resources–to make friends among the poor, and by means of such kindnesses, to secure the friendship of God. Money for Christians is not an object in itself but a tool to build the Kingdom of God in our midst.

Saint of the day: Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D. was a French Discalced Carmelite nun, mystic and spiritual writer. She was born Élisabeth Catez on July 18, 1880 in the Avord military camp in Cher, the first-born child of Captain Joseph Catez and his wife, Marie Rolland. When Elizabeth was seven-years-old, her father died unexpectedly. The family then moved to Dijon. Elizabeth had a terrible temper as a child. After receiving her First Holy Communion in 1891 she became more controlled and had a deeper understanding of God and the world. She also gained a profound understanding of the Trinity. Elizabeth visited the sick and sang in the church choir. She taught religion to children who worked in factories.

355px-Portrait_d'Elisabeth_de_la_Trinité_à_l'age_de_50_ansSoon after, Elizabeth began to be interested in entering the Discalced Carmelites, although her mother strongly suggested her not to. Men had asked for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage, but she declined, because her dream was to enter the Carmelite monastery that was located 200 meters from her home. Elizabeth entered the Dijon Carmel on August 2, 1901. She said, “I find Him everywhere while doing the wash as well as while praying.” Her time in the Carmel had some high times as well as some very low times. Today, we know about all that she felt and experienced in her writings. She wrote down when she felt she needed a richer understanding of God’s great love.

At the end of her life, she began to call herself Laudem Gloriæ. Elizabeth had wanted to be called that in Heaven because it means “praise of glory.” She said, “I think that in Heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep them in this great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and to transform them into Himself.” Elizabeth died November 9, 1906 at the age of 26 from Addison’s disease, which in the early 20th century had no treatment. Even though her death was unbearable, Elizabeth still accepted that God gave her that gift and was grateful. Her last words were, “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life!” Elizabeth was beatified in 1984. Her best-known prayer is “Holy Trinity Whom I Adore” which she wrote out of her love of the Trinity. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity is a patron of illness, sick people and loss of parents.

Spiritual reading: Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. (Frederick Buechner)


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