Carry the gospel with you

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

christ-blessing.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus acknowledges the authority of the scribes and Pharisees, but he dismisses their practice of it. Authority in Jesus’ mind is not an ostentatious show but rather an opportunity for service. The proper exercise of authority is to liberate people from oppressive burdens, live the deepest meaning of the commandments, lift people up to higher places, and teach not so much by word but by example.

Saint of the day: Enrique Ezquerra Claver was born in France in March 1906. His parents were from Spain where they returned with their son when he was eight-years-old. Enrique studied for seven years in the Seminary of Lleida but left at 22 to take a leave of absence EzquerraClaver_Enriquewhen he was in his third year of philosophy. He married shortly thereafter and became a teacher, moving from several institutions and towns to new ones, always appreciated wherever he worked for his dedication to the school.

During the Spanish Civil War, Enrique always showed his religious belief without fear; he served as the president of a Catholic association of teachers. He was arrested in July 1936 and taken to the prison of Lleida, where he remained until April 1937. He was moved to a prison in Barbastre where he remained until March 1938. On the eve of Feast of Saint Joseph, March 18, 1938, Enrique was taken from jail and shot. He was 32. He left a wife and three children, the last one of whom was born six months after Enrique was jailed. Enrique Ezquerra Claver is among 169 priests, religious, and laity martyred for the faith during the Spanish Civil War whose cause for canonization is being investigated.

Spiritual reading: Don’t sow your desires in someone else’s garden; just cultivate your own as best you can; don’t long to be other than what you are, but desire to be thoroughly what you are. (Francis de Sales)


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