Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 10, 2014

JesusHealsTheLepers_thumbGospel reading of the day:

Luke 5:12-16

It happened that there was a man full of leprosy in one of the towns where Jesus was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately. Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Society shunned lepers in Jesus’ day, and when the man into today’s gospel approaches Jesus, he calls on him as one who has experienced the utter annihilation of his personhood: he is abjectly broken, completely dismissed, and entirely avoided in his world. In this state of abandonment, the leper comes to Jesus and says Jesus can help him if he wants to. Jesus simply says, “I do want to help you.” With Jesus’ touch and words, the leper is healed modeling the ability each of us to restore the marginalized to wholeness and community through the simplest and most basic humanity.

Saint of the day: On January 9, 1930, Ludovico (Vico) Necchi, professor of biology at the University of Milan, died. According to his will, his headstone was to be inscribed with the simple words: Vico Necchi, Franciscan Tertiary. An extraordinary man, he is buried in the chapel of the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan in the expectation that one day he will be raised to the altars.

As a young man Vico was deeply in love with Christ, St. Francis and the Church. Invested in the habit of the Third Order, he displayed the enthusiasm of Paul and the gentleness of Francis. He used his position as a physician to counter the secular, anti-Christian attitudes of his age and to bring others to Christ. One of his converts was the radical, Augustine Gemelli, who with Vico was the cofounder of the University of the Sacred Heart.

Born in 1876, Vico himself was a prayerful, humble, charming, and cheerful man who stood at the forefront of the new Italian Catholic Action. Despite opposition and trials, he used his medical profession as a holy apostolate for the conversion of his patients while his charity was being lavished on retarded children. He declared venerable in 1971.

Spiritual reading: When you can no longer tell the difference between being yourself and being love, you are not far from waking up. (Eric Micha’el Leventhal)


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