Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 14, 2014

1f07794ae4cc36c5512737e82c663a9c_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 7:31-37

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” — that is, “Be opened!” — And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Being able to hear and speak are critical elements to the Christian mission. Once we have heard the message, our commission is to go out and preach the good news. When we have experienced the power of Jesus’ message and the love of God in our lives, we can do nothing else but proclaim the good news far and wide.

Saint of the day: Born June 28, 1889 at Manises, Valencia, Spain, Blessed Vicente Vilar David was the youngest of eight children. His father owned a ceramics factory. Educated by the Piarists, he studied engineering in Valencia, Spain. vicentevilardavid-1He married Isabel Rodes Reig, a young woman who shared his faith and youthful enthusiasm for putting that faith into action and the main witness to his life and martyrdom; Isabel died in 1993. Vicente spread a Christian outlook and promoted an ethical perspective among his peers. He was known for charity to the poor. After completing his formal education with a degree in industrial engineering, Vicente and three of his brothers took over vicentevilardavidthe family business when his father passed away prematurely. He was said to have been single-minded in incorporating the principles of social justice in the supervision of his factory employees. Employees were treated as members of a family; especially when they became ill or infirm. They related to him more as a father than as an employer. He held several important municipal posts in which he put the Church’s social teaching into practice. Always involved in parish activities and Catholic youth groups, he opposed the anti-religious sentiment of Spain in the 1930s and worked to save persecuted priests and religious. As he was taken away to his martyrdom for supporting his faith, his wife said, “See you tomorrow!”, and he answered, “Until tomorrow or in heaven!”. Vicente’s beatification was the culmination of a life committed to Catholic social teaching, works of charity, and a deep faith courageously lived. Those who have studied his case believe he had a cause for canonization based solely on his life of faith, not just his martyrdom. He was beatified in 1995.

Spiritual reading: You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. (Rumi)


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