Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 3, 2014

76e9e57041e27abb845a9bbeca913085_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 5:31-47

Jesus said to the Jews: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When Jesus stands before Pilate, and the Roman governor asks him, “What is truth?” Jesus is silent, but he does not shrink. Since our childhood, we have seen saccharine portraits of a meek and mild Jesus, but they do no real credit to the founder of our faith. Though Jesus is silent before Pilate, he does not cower; neither does he shrink from the consequence of his silence. Jesus’ teachings inflame his listeners. Jesus provokes crisis, and the good news of the Kingdom unsettles its listeners. As Dorothy Sayers once observed, “Whatever his peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference.” And as Oscar Romero echoed, “(A) word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed – what gospel is that?”

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Jérôme Lejeune, considered by many to be the father of modern genetics, discovered the presence of an extra 21st chromosome causes Down syndrome. Yet Lejeune’s passion for truth, pursued through the lens of science, led him not only 1333996345_2cefto uncover a fuller view of human life at a genetic level, but also inspired him to defend that life — even in the face of ridicule. Born in 1926 in France, Lejeune, a Catholic pediatrician and father of five, worked at the French National Center for Scientific Research and was the first chair of fundamental genetics at the Paris School of Medicine. He was named the United Nations expert on the effects of atomic radiation on human genetics in 1957.

As a young doctor, Lejeune felt a special calling to help children with genetic intellectual disabilities, who in the 1950s often were stigmatized. During his career, Lejeune cared for more than 9,000 patients at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris.

In 1958, as he was studying chromosomes linked to Down syndrome, then labeled “mongolism,” he discovered the existence of an additional chromosome on the 21st pair. His discovery was a landmark in cytogenetics, a branch of genetics concerned with the study of the structure and function of the cell. Lejeune later discovered the genetic cause of cri-du-chat syndrome and advanced understanding of Fragile X syndrome. Lejeune was deeply troubled that the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome led many parents to end their pregnancies and worked hard to promote an appreciation of the value of the lives of these children. Dr. Lejeune died on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1994. The cause for his canonization officially opened in 2007.

Spiritual reading: We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood,the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work. (Oscar Romero)


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