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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 29, 2014

christ-and-nicodemus-1887.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

John 3:7b-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Nicodemus shows the face of humanity before Jesus. We glimpse the truth but we doubt what we have seen. The only solution to this dilemma of doubt and uncertainty is to put all our focus on Jesus. Just as the Israelites in the desert gazed on the bronze serpent to be healed, Jesus tells us to fix our gaze on him, and all the muddle and all the mess will ultimately be resolved in him.

Saint of the day: José Gálvez Ginachero was born in Málaga, Spain on September 29, 1866. His parents were Joseph and Carmen Gálvez Ginachero Vulpius. While still very young, he first conceived a desire to be an architect, only to become a priest, but his mother convinced him to study medicine. Brilliantly pursuing his studies, he earned a degree in medicine in Granada and doctorate cum laude from the Complutense University of Madrid. He continued his studies in Paris as a student of renowned doctors as Pinard, de Varnier, and Farabeuf. In late 1892, he moved to Paris to Berlin to continue his training. And the following year, he received an appointment of a doctor of obstetrics in a Spanish hospital; he donated his salary in the hospital for the medical care of the indigent. 230px-Galvez_GinacheroIn 1904, he married Dona Maria Malaga Moll Sampelayo with whom he had three children, Carmen, Josefina, and Jose. He helped to found model institutions to provide healthcare and education and was elected the president of a local medical society. He also served as the mayor of his hometown between 1923 and 1926.

Each time he performed surgery, he made the sign of the cross over the scalpel, and as he did his medical work, he prayed for the spiritual well-being of the person on the operating table. He belonged to a society whose members would spend the night praying before the Blessed Sacrament. He opposed the anti-religious tenor of the Spanish government during the Second Republic, and as he left the hospital on August 10, 1932, he was arrested on suspicion of plotting against the regime and was detained for three days. After his release, he abandoned all involvement in any facet of life that was even marginally political. In 1937, he was arrested by a Republican Guard that accused him of being a bourgeois who lived off the blood of the poor; he coolly replied that he well might have delivered them late in the night and then cared for the diseases of their mother during the day, noting he had no regular pattern of rest. The Guard checked out his statement and returned him to the hospital when they recognized his exemplary life. Dr. Galvez retired at 70 in 1936. He died in Malaga on April 29, 1952 at age 86. The diocese of Málaga opened the cause for his canonization with an investigation into his virtue in 2006.

Spiritual reading: Love is the only satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. (Erich Fromm)

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