Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 18, 2014

LifeintheBodyGospel reading of the day:

Mark 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Reflection on the gospel: The two passages that precede this one treat the miracle of the loaves and the Pharisees’ request, despite the evidence of their eyes, for a new sign. When Jesus enjoins the disciples to guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, he encourages the disciples to have hearts that are open and full of wonder at all the signs that surround them that God, indeed and after all, loves them and has taken care of their every need.

Saint of the day: Born in Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico in 1864, Francisco Orozco y Jimenez was the son of José María Orozco Jimenez Cepeda and Mariana Quiroz. He was baptized by his uncle, a priest of the parish of La Luz de Guanajuato. He lost his mother when he was nine-years-old. He left for Rome at 12 to study for the priesthood. He received the highest grades in philosophy among his classmates at the Gregorian University. Ordained a priest in 1887, he taught in seminaries and received a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of Mexico in 1896. He knew Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, and two Native American languages, Tzotzil and Cachiquil.

5515391645_e6cb7af20dAt 38-years-old, Orozco was ordained a bishop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1902 and became bishop of Chiapas. He oversaw the construction and restoration of churches and chapels in his diocese, rebuilt the local seminary, opened an orphanage and a hospital, and invited various religious orders to come and serve in the parishes of his diocese. He had substantial personal wealth which he inherited and made a large donation to the city of Chiapas to purchase electrical lights and provide public services. Throughout his life, he gave away so much money that he died a poor man.

Orozco became archbishop of Guadalajara in 1913. Religious persecution by the government of Mexico began in 1914 and led Orozco to flee to the United States and Rome. He secretly returned to Mexico in 1916 under an alias to continue working among his people. 5515977904_09c8aed9b1The government captured and exiled him in the summer of 1918., but he returned 15 month later. The government expelled him once again in 1924 but allowed him to return the following year. Shortly after President Calles promulgated his harsh anti-Catholic laws in February 1926, government workers broke into Orozco’s home and stole valuable possessions. By October, the government ordered his arrest, and the bishop had to flee and hide, suffering poverty, privations, and sickness. Still, the archbishop never ceased to minister to his people personally and by letters. At the end of the Cristero Rebellion in 1929, the archbishop came out of hiding only to have to flee the country when the government broke the treaty and slaughtered those who opposed the government. He visited Rome and preached and lectured widely in London and the U.S. He snuck back in Mexico in March 1930 but only ventured back to his diocese in August 1934 as he felt his life beginning to slip away. He remained in hiding as he moved from place to place to serve the people of the diocese. He suffered a heart attack on February 3, 1936 and died on February 18. The entire city of Guadalajara came to the cathedral to pay their respects.

Spiritual reading: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. (Carl Sagan)


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  1. Gede Prama said, on February 18, 2014 at 5:30 am

    And I love all the posts in this blog really interesting touch words, thank you friend 🙂

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