Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 1, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one a963e510ed6b31710fcc91e3f8af79c9_w600will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: As we enter the season of Advent, the gospel invites us to open ourselves to the deepest truths about our lives. The routine nature of what we do, eating, drinking, and even bonding with each other, can blind us to the spiritual nature of our existence. This passage from Matthew’s gospel reminds us that in the midst of all of the regularities which characterize our existence, there is always the possibility of connecting with God. Two men may one-candle1work together in a field, but one man experiences it as drudgery while the spiritual life of the other man transforms his work into an experience of divinity. Two women may grind meal together, but one of the women suffers it as a monotony while the other one is open to her sense of God’s presence in a way that makes the routine extraordinarily gifted. Advent reminds us that spirituality and the transcendent require that I prepare to see God in all things, and so too, you also must be prepared, for in an hour you do not expect, God will manifest Godself in the everyday of our existence.

Spiritual reading: Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up. (Anne Lamott)


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