Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 13, 2013

tenLepersGospel reading of the day:

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: While the gospel yesterday suggested God owes us no debt of gratitude, today’s gospel suggests that our gratitude to God heals and saves us. We sometimes feel gratitude as a natural impulse, as the Samaritan in today’s story did. But we are not powerless in our feelings of gratitude. Gratitude is a choice we can make from moment to moment, and we can make it, if we choose it often enough, a habit of life. When things are rough, and we feel anguish, we can become quiet for a few minutes, mindfully attending to our breaths, and then think of some great benefit that came to us in one moment of our lives or another and try to experience the emotion we felt in that instant of blessing. Doing this at different points in the day, several times a day, will make gratitude the choice elect, smooth our hearts, and make them supple to feel God’s loving presence as we make our way.

Saint of the day: Carl Lampert was born in Austria on January 9, 1894, the youngest of seven children of farmers Franz Xaver Lampert and his wife Maria Rosina Lampert. Though his father died when Carl was young, he was able to continue school because of an uncle who cared for him. Carl Lampert was ordained as a priest in Brixen in 1918. After studying canonical law in Rome, he was lampert_carl1appointed in 1935 director of the ecclesiastical court in the Apostolic Administration of Feldkirch. In 1939 he became pro-vicar of Innsbruck.

Carl Lampert was arrested several times for his protests against Nazi church policy and finally imprisoned in Dachau and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. After his release in August 1941, the Gestapo compelled Lampert to take up residence in Mecklenburg-Pomerania. He found accommodation in Stettin and assisted in ministry in the vicinity of the city. Even in exile, Lampert retained his critical attitude to the regime, unaware that he was under Gestapo observation. His discussions, telephone calls, and correspondence were under surveillance. In February 1943 Carl Lampert was arrested again along with 40 others and accused of high treason, espionage, undermining army morale, and aiding the enemy. He was severely maltreated during interrogation. The Gestapo accused him not only of expressing his opinions on the deportation of Jews and the murder of patients from psychiatric clinics but also of listening to foreign radio stations and “giving aid and comfort” to forced laborers

Together with two other priests, Father Herbert Simoleit and Father Friedrich Lorenz, he was beheaded on November 13, 1944. He died speaking the names of Jesus and Mary. He was beatified in 2011.

Spiritual reading: If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. (Meister Eckhart)


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