Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 30, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lamp stand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made 91928029b706efde04a32befbee455bc_w600visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The spiritual writer Brennan Manning once wrote, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” When Jesus invites us to let our lamp shine and put a worthy measure into the world, he is saying something very much like what Brennan Manning wrote: if I want to a Christian, then I ought to be one. For it is by behaving this way that the world will be prepared to believe in the One who has called us.

David Galvan-BermudezSaint of the day: Born in Guadalajara, Mexico on January 29, 1881, Saint David Galván Bermúdez, entered the seminary at age 14. He was an excellent student, but then he began questioning his vocation, he left for three years and worked, dated, and lived a wild life. At one time he was even arrested for hitting his girlfriend while he was drunk. However, he realized he could not ignore the call to his vocation. After a year’s probation, he returned to the seminary. He was ordained on May 20, 1909. He was the seminary instructor in Amatitán and then became the supervisor of the seminary. He was arrested one time for the crime of being a priest. During periods of armed fighting in the rebellion, he worked with the injured, patching wounds and hearing confessions. While on his way to Guadalajara to help victims of street fighting, he was arrested with Father Jose Araiza. He comforted fellow prisoners and heard their confessions in the hours before his execution. He was shot by firing squad for being a priest on January 30, 1915 in Guadalajara. He was canonized in 2000.

Spiritual reading: God does not care . . . whether I am happy or not. What God cares about, with all the power of God’s holy being, is the quality of my life…not jut the continuation of my breath and the health of my cells–but the quality of my life, the scope of my life, the heft and zest of my life . . . fear of death always turns into fear of life, into a stingy, cautious way of living that is not really living at all . . . to follow Jesus means going beyond the limits of our own comfort and safety. It means receiving our lives as gifts instead of guarding them as possessions. (Barbara Brown Taylor)

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