Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, Resurrection by Mike on May 6, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus: “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

734adf38ce3a6ce2f6232bd9ec0e3503_w600So they said to Jesus, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus invites us in this passage to become one with him, to pitch our tents with him as he pitched his tent among us. The commitment he asks of us us a commitment of our whole persons, both what we believe and what we do as the result of our belief. Many liturgical Christians have seen in the Discourse on the Bread of Life a discussion of the Eucharist, and the Eucharist with everything it means for our solidarity with Jesus, the suffering world, and one another is a central theme in this and the passages which follow. But it is an invitation not to participate in the Eucharist and nothing else, but the implications of the Bread of Life are much more than liturgy; we are called to be people immersed in the Scriptures, people who are available for the poor and needy, people who live prayerfully. The communion to which Jesus invites us is one where we are immersed in the Lord’s own life.

Saint of the day: Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin was the son of Prince Dimitri Alexeievich Gallitzin, a Russian diplomat. He was born at The Hague in the Netherlands on December 22, 1770 and baptized Greek Orthodox. Almost from his infancy the young prince was subjected to rigid discipline, and his intellectual faculties, trained by the best masters of the age, Demetrius Augustine Gallitzinreached their fullest development. At the age of almost seventeen Demetrius became a sincere Catholic, and to please his mother, whose birth (1748), marriage (1768), and First Holy Communion (1786) occurred on 28 August, the feast of St. Augustine, assumed at confirmation that name, and thereafter wrote his name Demetrius Augustine.

Demetrius traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, leaving in August 1792 and arriving in October; he travelled under the name Augustine Smith. One of the first seminarians at Saint Mary’s in Baltimore, he was ordained in 1795; he was the first priest to receive all orders in the United States.

In 1799 Father Demetrius moved to McGuire’s Settlement in the Alleghenies, erecting a small log church where the town of Loretto, named by him, grew up and became the first English speaking Catholic settlement west of the Allegheny Front; he remained there 41 years. He received no salary, spending what he received of his inheritance to develop the colony spiritually and industrially. He was one of the first in the United States to defend the Church through his writings, and most are still available today. He served as Vicar-General of Western Pennsylvania in 1827 but refused to allow the proposal of his name for the sees of Bardstown, Cincinnati or Detroit. Gallitzin died at Loretto on May 6, 1840 and was buried near St. Michael’s church in Loretto. The Servant of God Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin had his cause for canonization introduced in 2005.

Spiritual reading: Above all, trust in the slow work of God. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.)


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