Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 12, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, cranachbecause she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the course of our lives, we come under the influence of many people. A teacher, a friend, a spouse: a lot of people make suggestions to us, and we come under their sway. Jesus is greater than all of them, and yet as a practical matter, his teaching may compel us less than the suggestions of our associates. Jesus reminds us that where our treasure is, there also will our heart be.

Saint of the day: Blessed Angela Salawa was born September 9, 1881 in Siepraw, Malopolskie, Poland, the daughter of Salaw Bartlomiej and Ewa Bochenek and the youngest of ten children in this pious tradesman’s and his wife’s family. She received two years of formal education, and at age 12, following the example of her sisters, began work as a domestic in nearby homes. 1280px-Salawa2On April 27, 1900 she joined the Saint Zita Association, a religious group for maids. Within this church-centered place, Angela felt at home, and devoted her free time to the house, the church, and a call to religion, attending Mass daily and in routine contact with Franciscans.

She was unable to enter religious life due to poor health, and continued to work as a maid and to mentor other young women. She became a Franciscan tertiary in March 1912. She worked as a nurse in a Krakow hospital during World War I, spending her own money and any that she could beg to buy better food for injured soldiers. In 1917 her health collapsed completely; she spent the last five years of her life in a small room, surviving on the charity of the Saint Zita Association, and spending her time in prayer. She died on March 12, 1922 in Krakow and was beatified in 1991.

Spiritual reading: Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is the grace to grieve for what we should have done and did not. Lent is the opportunity to change what we ought to change but have not. Lent is not about penance. Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now. Lent is a summons to live anew. (Joan Chittister)


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