Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 11, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” Baptism_Of_Jesus4_smJohn answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: John the Baptist models the relationship of Christians to Jesus in the spiritual life in a number of ways. John knows who is he: he reflects on his life and its implications, listening to the still small voice at his center to understand who he is and what God wants from him. John witnesses to his faith: he stands for Jesus. Living his life to hear Jesus’ voice gives him joy: he rejoices greatly. Fulfilling the purpose of his life fills him up: his joy is made complete. The decrease in his ego lays the ground for an increase of the life of Jesus within him: as Jesus grows greater, John recedes. John the Baptist speaks of a life of witness to Jesus as a life of reflection, attentiveness, faith, perseverance, and humility.

Saint of the day: Saint Francisca Salesia was baptized on September 17, 1844 the day after she was born. She was born as Leonia Aviat in Sezanne, France. She was confirmed on July 2, 1856. She entered religious life on April 11, 1866, she took the veil on October 30, 1868 Francisca Salesiataking the name of Sister Frances de Sales. She made her final vows on October 11, 1871. With Father Louis Brisson and Mother Marie Therese de Sales Chappuis she founded the Sister Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in Troyes, France. Their mission was dedicated to helping young women who came to them during the Industrial Revolution. She took the Salesian Rule for the Congregation. She became Superior in 1872 and opened homes and schools for working class girls. Due to religious persecution and anti-religious legislation, she was exiled from France on April 11, 1904. She rebuilt her congregation in Perugia, Italy and the Order was approved by Pope Saint Pius X in 1911. She died on January 10, 1914 in Perugia of natural causes. She was canonized on November 25, 2001. The miracle for her canonization was from the healing of the paralyzing spinal disease of a 14-yea-old girl from Philadelphia.

Spiritual reading: Lead a listening life. Order your outward life so that nothing drowns out the listening. (Thomas R. Kelly)


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