Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 14, 2014

0e3587c09fdd05a9b67889a993fdcf56_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 12:1-11

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The interactions among Jesus, Mary, and Judas provide a perspective on Jesus’ perception of love. Jesus’ welcoming of his anointing suggests that he knows love is extravagant and that it celebrates the beloved as it spares no cost. Jesus’ reply to Judas, who is fixated on a fantasy of service rather than what is happening around him, makes clear Jesus’ recognition that real love is focused on the concrete reality of the present context and never resentful over what might have been.

The gospel makes clear that Jesus knows what is about to befall him and implies he has a week to escape his fate. But Jesus neither runs nor hides but awaits instead the fulfillment of his Father’s will.

Saint of the day: The son of James Walsh and Hanna Shea, James Anthony was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 24, 1867. After completing his elementary education in the public schools, he attended Boston College High School where, in extracurricular activities, his skills in debating and journalism were first recognized and developed. He began his college program at Boston College, Fr. Walshinterrupted it to study bookkeeping, transferred to Harvard College as a special student, and completed his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. He was ordained on May 20, 1892, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

After ordination, Walsh was appointed curate at St. Patrick’s Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts where he directed sodalities and organizations for both the young men and women of the parish. In 1903, he was appointed Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and in 1907 founded The Field Afar magazine, a monthly publication about the foreign missions of the Catholic Church.

Walsh’s interest in the foreign missions led to his founding, together with Rev. Thomas Frederick Price, the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (C.F.M.S.A.) (commonly referred to as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers) in 1911. He acted as spiritual father and co-founder, with Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, of the Foreign Mission Sisters of St. Dominic (now called Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic). He served as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers until his death in 1936. During the founding process and in his service as Superior General, Walsh made trips across the United States, to Rome and to other places throughout the world. In 1933, Walsh became a bsihop. He died at Maryknoll New York, on April 14, 1936. His teachings as a priest gave students strong encouragement to follow their dreams in life. The diocesan investigation into his life opened in 2011.

Spiritual reading: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)


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