Carry the gospel with you

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

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. e70a0d48445b9e148867c5dcabfdbfa3_w600Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In advent, we anticipate the coming of the messiah and, by implication, the establishment of the Kingdom of heaven on earth. Jesus ties the inauguration of the kingdom to curing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers, and driving out demons. When we offer our sympathy and support to people ill in body or mind; restore to life people who are intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually dead; tend the neglected, ignored, despised, rejected, or avoided; help to liberate people from their fears, anger, hatred, violence, addiction, abusiveness, or greed–whenever we do anything like any of these, the reign of the messiah and the Kingdom of heaven are made manifest–and the promise of Advent is fulfilled.

Saint of the day: Mary Joseph Rosello was born in 1811 in Italy. One of nine children, her father was a potter. Born in poverty, she suffered from poor health all her life. Pious from early youth she tried to enter a religious order but was refused admission because of her health and the lack of a dowry. Mary Joseph RoselloThe pious, childless couple she worked for could have given her a dowry, but would not because they did not want to lose her as member of their family. Mary Joseph became a secular Franciscan at age 16. Her bishop knew of her skill in teaching the faith to girls, and in 1837 he gave her a house which she and three other young women made into two classrooms. From this humble beginning came the Institute of the Daughters of Mercy in 1837 under the protection of Our Lady of Mercy and Saint Joseph, groups devoted to teaching the young, and caring for the sick. Any deserving girl would be accepted into the community, even without a dowry. Mary Joseph served as superior of this band of teachers for over 40 years. In 1875 they opened their first house in the Americas at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Josepha’s success and personal holiness were such that her bishop, over strong objection from many, allowed her to organize a group that encouraged vocations to the priesthood. She died December 7, 1888 and was canonized in 1949.

Spiritual reading: Life and Death are two sides of the one coin. Inseparable. Here we have all these growing things around us, children dashing in and out of the house in the excitement of the holiday season which begins now with Thanksgiving and is prolonged to Epiphany, everybody thinking, when there are children around, of gifts to give and gifts to be received. And what are all these but samples of God, His comfort, His Beauty and His love. (“On Pilgrimage–December 1953″ by Dorothy Day)


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