Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 4, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 10:28-31

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel 3ce9779ea08aaaa95ccb2b25af7e8106_w600who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In yesterday’s gospel, Jesus counsels the rich young man to abandon his riches and come follow Jesus. In today’s gospel, Jesus explains the reward that belongs to people who do what the rich young man is not to able to do. For the rich young man, there is a dependency on material wealth to provide security. Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount that we cannot love God and wealth. Wealth of any kind is a form of slavery, because there is no freedom to our attachment. But for those who give up everything to follow Jesus, there is always freedom to follow God wherever God leads.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Johannes Baptista Sproll was born in Schweinhausen, near Biberach, on October 2, 1870, the son of a street mender, Josef Sproll, and his wife, Anna Maria née Freuer. He attended the Latin school in Biberach and the Gymnasium Ehingen. He studied Catholic theology at the University of Tübingen from 1890 to 1894. He was ordained a priest in 1895. Johannes Baptista SprollIn 1898, he received his Ph.D. for his work on the history of the law and constitution of the Tübingen monastery of St. George. On June 14, 1927, he became the Bishop of Rottenburg.

During the Nazi era, Sproll often spoke out against the regime. Early in the rise of the Nazis, Sproll observed they were not to be trusted. His abstention from the plebiscite over the Anschluss led to preliminary proceedings and staged demonstrations against him. There were demonstrations in Rottenburg against the bishop, and his house was set on fire and partially destroyed. At the end of August 1938, Sproll was expelled from his diocese and could not return again until June 1945. On August 1, 1940, Conrad Gröber, Archbishop of Freiburg, and the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rottenburg (acting for Sproll) protested against the euthanasia programs in Grafeneck; this was also the year of the protest of the Bishop of Münster, Clemens August Graf von Galen. He was admired for his humility, humor, and moral courage. Sproll died on March 4, 1949 in Rottenburg. The cause for his beatification opened in 1964.

Spiritual reading: Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders. (Frederick Buechner)


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