Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 5, 2014

2582ddd9b959dc3acb33a160ecde18f4_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus’ life as a child, an adolescent, and a young adult must have been very ordinary, because the people who encountered him as a prophet had nothing in their experience of him that prepared them for what he became. In our own time, images and portrayals of Jesus are commonplace, and easy cliches about his life and the meaning of his life for us can deaden us to the deepest implications of his life for our lives. The question of who Jesus is, presents to us a dilemma: do we say yes or no? Or are we so desensitized by our preconceptions about him that all we can manage is to be lukewarm? If Jesus doesn’t make us say, “Yes,” or, “No,” we’re not paying attention.

Saint of the day: Fr. Pedro Arrupe, was the 28th general of the Society of Jesus, serving in that position from 1965 to 1983. Born Nov. 14, 1907 in the Basque country of Spain, Fr. Arrupe interrupted medical studies at the University of Madrid to join the Jesuits in 1927. He was ordained at St. Mary’s Seminary in Kansas in 1936, and in 1938 he went to Japan, where he spent a total of 27 years as a missionary.

555994_10151225763751496_1626622461_nFr. Arrupe became Jesuit vice provincial (1954-58), the first Jesuit provincial for Japan (1958-65), and was elected superior general at the 31st General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1965. He has been called “The Second Founder” of the Society of Jesus. Confronted by momentous world events that helped shape his interior life, Arrupe was chosen to lead the Jesuits through a tumultuous period of ecclesial and cultural renewal after the Second Vatican Council. Arrupe resigned due to an incapacitating stroke in 1983 and was the first Jesuit superior general to resign instead of remaining in office until his death. He died in Rome on Feb. 5, 1991.

Spiritual reading: Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. (Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, S.J.)


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