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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 13, 2014

cd10ed846c0390266896417da3cad57a_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 1:14-20

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.

They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus calls Andrew, Simon, James, and John to a radical transformation and an entirely new way of life. Each of these men responds to Jesus with complete trust. When Jesus calls them, they drop what they are doing to follow him even though they have no idea where they are going or what Jesus’ call will involve. They act blindly, because they believe in Jesus and put their trust in him. We know, of course, that each of them subsequently encounter many adversities as the result of their response to Jesus’ call, but none of them ever regrets their decision to the point where they take it back.

Saint of the day: Born in 315, Hilary was a staunch defender of the divinity of Christ and a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity. Like his Master in being labeled a “disturber of the peace.” In a very troubled period in the Church, his holiness was lived out in both scholarship and controversy. He was bishop of Poitiers in France. Hilary of PoitiersRaised a pagan, he was converted to Christianity when he met his God of nature in the Scriptures. His wife was still living when he was chosen, against his will, to be the bishop of Poitiers in France. He was soon taken up with battling what became the scourge of the fourth century, Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ.

The heresy spread rapidly. St. Jerome said “The world groaned and marveled to find that it was Arian.” When Emperor Constantius ordered all the bishops of the West to sign a condemnation of Athanasius, the great defender of the faith in the East, Hilary refused and was banished from France to far off Phrygia (in modern-day Turkey). Eventually he was called the “Athanasius of the West.” While writing in exile, he was invited by some semi-Arians (hoping for reconciliation) to a council the emperor called to counteract the Council of Nicea. But Hilary predictably defended the Church, and when he sought public debate with the heretical bishop who had exiled him, the Arians, dreading the meeting and its outcome, pleaded with the emperor to send this troublemaker back home. Hilary was welcomed by his people. Hilary died in 368.

Spiritual reading: We are not forced to take wings to find Him, but have only to seek solitude and to look within ourselves. (Teresa of Avila)

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