Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 30, 2013

7444df023ae4278ec9890b00a1ec476e_w600Gospel of the day:

Luke 2:36-40

There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Reflection on the gospel: Luke tells us that an old woman who remains continually in the temple, worshiping God night and day as she fasted and prayed, recognizes who the child is when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple for the purification prescribed in the Mosaic Law. To all outward appearances, this is an ordinary infant, the son of two marginalized people. But Anna’s prayer and meditation gives her the ability to look beyond mere appearances and see the truth of matters hidden from other eyes. The passage tells us that, recognizing the child, she gives thanks to God and speaks of the child to anyone who listens. Anna’s spiritual practice gives her a heart not only deep insight but a heart tender with gratitude and bold with witness.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God María de la Luz Cirenia Camacho González was born on May 17, 1907 in Tacubaya, Mexico. Her father was Manuel; her mother, María Teresa, died when little María was only seven-months-old. Her childhood education was at a school run by religious, in the city of Puebla of the Angels. In 1918 she returned to Mexico City to continue her Cristera-Maria-de-La-Luz-Camachostudies with the Dominican Sisters, and later at the Catholic Institute for girls. Lucha [a nickname which means “a fight”] was cheerful and of even temperament; she was resourceful, modest, and had great poise. In 1921, the Camacho family moved to Coyoacán, where María lived the last 13 years of her life. She became a secular Franciscan in 1930 and joined Catholic Action in 1931. On Sunday, December 30, 1934, she left home to defend the parish church which the Red Shirts, a violent group formed by Tomás Garrido Canabal and commanded by Carlos Madrazo, were attempting to set on fire. The Red Shirts, as they assaulted the church, cried out, “Damned by Christ! Damned be the Virgin of Guadalupe!” María died in the atrium of the St. John the Baptist parish church in the village of Coyoacán in the city of Mexico that day. She died a martyr, defending the church and the faith, shot by her executioners in the chest. She died with open arms in the form of a cross, while with unusual courage in a young person of 27 years of age, she loudly let out in the face of her rabidly anticlerical executioners her last words: “¡Viva Cristo Rey!”

Spiritual reading: What does love look like? It has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of people. That is what love looks like. (St. Augustine)

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