Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 15, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 8:1-10

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, Jesus summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, b0911bbf0d4536fa857ab06c75c93b75_w600“Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus steps into circumstances of need to supply what is lacking. But he doesn’t do it with meager provisions; instead, he entirely satisfies the hunger of everyone, and the superabundance even leaves an excess after each person already is full. The scriptures encourage us to trust that God will satisfy us; God knows what we need and will redress what we lack in ways that fill us with wonder.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Anna Jenke was born on April 3, 1921 in Poland near Rzeszów. Her parents were teachers, and they lived in Jaroslav in southeastern Poland. She graduated from high school in Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Jaroslav in 1939, the same year the Nazis captured the town without a battle. annajenkeDuring the war and occupation, Anna Jenke was involved in the underground, carrying aid to prisoners, the wounded, and injured people. For the poorest children, she organized food relief. She also served as a clandestine teacher. In 1945 she began her studies at the Jagiellonian University, from which she graduated in 1950 with an MA degree in Polish philology. From 1950 to the end of her life, she worked as a Polish teacher and tutor high school students in Jaroslav. Her teaching and educational work occurred under the challenges of the Stalinist system. She showed great courage in the profession of her faith, her attachment to Christ, and her loyalty to the Church. In this spirit, she raised multitudes of young people. She was particularly concerned with the problems of at-risk youth who lived at the margins of society and children who lived on the street. She took care of the poor, the sick, and the lonely, providing them with moral and material assistance. She died in Jaroslav from cancer on February 15, 1976.

Spiritual reading: Love, the Supreme Musician, is always playing in our souls. (Rumi)


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