Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 12, 2013

Today’s gospel reading:

Luke 17:7-10

Jesus said to the Apostles: “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus teaches that God owes us no debt of gratitude when we do what God asks of us. God’s generosity to us is so great that we are not able to make even the slightest restitution. Jesus asks us to keep this in mind so we don’t become puffed up in pride. What Jesus does not say here but does say elsewhere is that God loves us and that when we carry the gospel with us in our daily lives, does indeed rejoice for our union with God.

Saint of the day: Blessed Bishop Gregory (Hryhorii) Lakota was born on January 31, 1883 in the village of Holodivka, in Lemko Region in the Ukraine. He studied theology in Lviv and was ordained to the priesthood in 1908 in the city of Przemysl. In Vienna, in 1911, he received his Ph.D. in theology. In 1913, he became a professor at the Greek Catholic seminary in Przemysl, later becoming its rector.

On May 16, 1926, he was ordained to the episcopacy and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Przemysl. On June 9, 1946, he was arrested for his faith and sentenced to be imprisoned for 10 years in Vorkuta, Russia. He died in prison as a martyr for the faith on November 12, 1950, in the village of Abez, Vorkuta, Russia. He was beatified in June 2001.

Spiritual reading: People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway. (Mother Teresa)


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