Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 3, 2014

Today’s gospel reading:

John 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the eb2be3d8d307537e39bfe652c9252cb2_w600Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: John felt called to baptize with water to make someone known whom he did not know. Sometimes we do things because we have a feeling they are the right things to do. We don’t necessarily know entirely why we’re doing these things, and we can’t predict with any certainty what the outcome will be. We act because we feel called to act. For me, this website is one such case. I don’t really understand what effect it has in the world, but I feel called to post these reflections, so I do it. John did what might be considered foolish in the eyes of the world trusting that the inspiration he felt came from God and would accomplish God’s purposes. John did not survive to see what his work had accomplished, but God did not waste John’s efforts.

Saint_GenevieveSaint of the day: St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the man of God, who singled her out and foretold her future sanctity. At her desire the holy Bishop led her to a church, accompanied by all the faithful, and consecrated her to God as a virgin.

When Attila was reported to be marching on Paris, the inhabitants of the city prepared to evacuate, but St. Genevieve persuaded them to avert the scourge by fasting and prayer, assuring them of the protection of Heaven. The event verified the prediction, for the barbarian suddenly changed the course of his march.

The life of St. Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity. She died in the year 512.

Spiritual reading: Seek the God who is already seeking us. Then, we will finally melt into the heart of the God we already know with every fiber of our being. (Joan Chittister)


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