Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 15, 2014

0228f462a7428f34a78bb5f16e061b81_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 13:21-33, 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel passage observes when Judas goes to betray the Lord, “It was night”: darkness has settled in and about the Lord and his companions. And yet in this moment, Jesus still can say that the time has come for Jesus to be glorified, because God reveals Godself in the darkest moments. Even in the moment of betrayal, even at night, even when all is apparently lost, God is there, doing what God does, transforming the moment and making it something entirely new.

Saint of the day: Anton Granig was born in September 1901 in the southernmost area of Austria. Born into a peasant family, he had to work on the farm and had delays in his education caused by Word War I. He only started his theological studies in 1928 and was ordained a priest in 1932, a few months shy of his 31st birthday. He went on to study for a doctorate in theology, writing his dissertation on St. Paul as a pastor. He was an affable and well-liked pastor who worked administratively in the church and served in pastoral roles Sundays and holy days.

jurgai-iai-the-hill-of-crosses-1934.jpg!BlogAnton Granig and two other Austrians founded a Catholic resistance movement against the Nazis. The group met clandestinely in Granig’s home. Granig studied the roots of Nazism so he could better understand and combat it. They published and distributed pamphlets in 1942 and 1943 that decried Nazism for its abuses of human rights and made plans to blow up railroad tracks which supported the Nazi war efforts. The circle was arrested by the Gestapo in July 1943 but not tried until August 1944. After the conviction, two bishops submitted pleas to the Nazi court for mercy, but the court rejected the petition. Further interventions by one of the bishop also proved unsuccessful. Some of the group were executed in March 1945, but Granig and 43 other, including two other priests, were not among them. Ferried by train from place to place as the Nazi regime crumbled, Fr. Granig and his companions held hope they might survive, but the Nazis on April 15, 1945, even as the Red Army neared, gunned them down in the courtyard of the old castle where they were being held.

Spiritual reading: There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Ignatius of Loyola)


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