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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 23, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 1:57-66

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. 62b89faabc5402a3c2956bd62a0cf16f_w630All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: As Christmas approaches, we are reminded that the Lord showed great mercy to Elizabeth, and by extension, the Lord shows great mercy to each of us. This gift given to Elizabeth was a child she had no right to expect and whom she had despaired of receiving. And the gift given to each of us is another child, one whom we had no right to expect and which from time-to-time in our lives, each of us has despaired of receiving. The season of Advent and the approaching feast of Christmas call on us to be great-hearted, or as the gospel passage styles it, to rejoice with one another–just as Elizabeth’s neighbors rejoiced with her. For unto us, as unto Elizabeth, a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Marguerite d'YouvilleSaint of the day: Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada, Saint Marguerite D’Youville was born at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, 1701, as Marie Marguerite Dufrost de La Jemmerais. She studied under the Ursulines, married Francois D’Youville in 1722, and became a widow in 1730. She worked to support herself and her three children, devoted much of her time to the Confraternity of the Holy Family in charitable activities.

In 1737, with three companions, she founded the Grey Nuns when they took their initial vows; a formal declaration took place in 1745. Two years later she was appointed Directress of the General Hospital in Montreal, which was taken over by the Grey Nuns, and had the rule of the Grey Nuns, with Marguerite as Superior, confirmed by Bishop of Pontbriand of Quebec in 1755.

She died in Montreal on December 23, 1771, and since her death, the Grey Nuns have established schools, hospitals, and orphanages throughout Canada, the United States, Africa, and South America, and are especially known for their work among the Eskimos. She was beatified in 1959 and canonized in 1990.

Spiritual reading: O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God. (O Antiphon for December 23)

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