Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 2, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 5:17-30

Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus is the way through whom we go to God. For us, there is no other path. What the Father does, Jesus does, and walking the way that is Jesus is a sure path to the Father.

Saint of the day: Venerable Carla Ronci was born on the April 11, 1936 in Rimini, Italy and was baptized two days later. Her father Mario was a fisherman, and her mother Jolanda helped out her mother-in-law in selling fruit and vegetables. They lived from day to day. She had a younger sister Pierina and a younger Stefano. Carla’s mother brought her up without stress, because Carla was good and affectionate, carla_14bright, extrovert and communicative. During the Italian economic recovery of the 50s, the Ronci family worked hard to improve its conditions. They finally achieved a good deal of comfort: Mario worked as a carrier, and Jolanda ran a grocery store. They bought a building with stores and apartments, that they rented during summer.

After elementary school, Carla acquired skills to become a dressmaker. She marked a deep spiritual conversion to time she spent with the Ursuline nuns in meetings in their convent and the Holy Year 1950. She became involved in the Ursulines’ mission to serve children and young people and was active as a member of Catholic Action. carla_08She decided to take private vows of chastity and poverty in 1956 and 1957. But even with the vows she was a modern young woman and aware of her femininity. She desired to enter the Ursuline Order and began the novitiate with the Ursulines near Bergamo. Pressure from her family, particularly her father, caused her to leave the novitiate after only three months. Through personal contacts, she contacted an Institute within the church for lay people to live out their lives with gospel sensibilities, Mater Misericordiae in Macerata. There she made her official vows. She lived a modern life in love with Jesus, filled with joy and generosity. Because she drove a Vespa, local people started to refer to her as the saint of the Vespa. They also called her the joyful saint. She first manifested signs of lung cancer in August 1969. She died in the evening of April 2, 1970. Her hands were in prayer, and she said as she bowed her head and died, “Here comes the spouse.” The doctor and the nurse who looked after her burst into tears and said: “A saint is dead.” She was declared venerable in 1997.

Spiritual reading: God is the ground of our innermost being, yet we skim along on the surface of life. The result is that our lives are rather like that of the deep-sea fisherman who was fishing for minnows while standing on a whale. (Martin Laird)


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