Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 27, 2014

e444defbd49f8d8c9afcf0a01bf50c8d_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 11:14-23

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When we do not want to believe something, a mountain of evidence can sit right before our eyes, but nothing will change our minds. In today’s gospel, crowds hear a mute man speak, but some among them stare at goodness in the face and refuse to acknowledge what they see because it does not meet their expectations of how things ought to be. Jesus urges us to not become blind to the evidence of God in our lives. We may want to write people off, but when we refuse to honestly account for the signs God gives us, we risk missing meeting the messiah in our midst.

Saint of the day: Henri Grialou on December 2, 1894 into a simple and deeply Catholic family in a mining village of the Southwest of France. From early childhood he desired to be a priest. When his formation was interrupted by World War I, he served as an officer marieeugene01on the front lines. In 1920 he discovered the writings of St John of the Cross, a saint who belonged to the Carmelite who lived in 16th Century Spain. Deeply inspired by his discovery of John of the Cross, Henri Grialou felt called not only to the priesthood but also life as a Carmelite.

Upon completing his seminary studies after World War I, he was ordained a priest in 1922 and entered Carmel taking the religious name of Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus. A man seized by the absolute of God and by the Marian grace of Carmel, he worked at making known the teachings of the Carmelite saints, believing the ways of contemplation and sanctity are open to all Christians living an ordinary life in the midst of the world. His major works, I Want to See God and I am a Daughter of the Church, provide a synthesis of Carmelite spirituality shaped by personal mystical experience. He founded the Institute of Notre Dame de Vie with Marie Pila in 1932 in Venasque, France, while serving at the highest levels in his Order and traveling extensively. Fr Marie-Eugene died on Easter Monday, March 27, 1967, the very day on which he loved to celebrate the Easter joy of Mary, Mother of Life. He was declared venerable in 2011.

Spiritual reading: Where Jesus lives, the great-hearted gather. We are a door that’s never locked. If you are suffering any kind of pain, stay near this door. Open it. (Rumi)


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