Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 2, 2014

5300204a75d0fec8d9a021eaeb4f03eb_w600Gospel reading of the day:

John 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Life has its troubles. We can become confused, disheartened, and lose hope like the disciples did when the authorities arrested Jesus. Hard times are painful and real, and getting through them presents obstacles and can overwhelm us, but no matter what difficulties we endure and losses we sustain, we always have reason to hope. The truth is that no matter how rough the way is, the end is assured. Jesus has already conquered the world, and everything we’re going through now is just the hard work of sorting through the details.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Lucien-Louis Bunel, born in January 1900 to poor Catholic parents in a small town in northwestern France, was the fourth of eight children. Lucien began his seminary studies in nearby Rouen at the age of 12. Following two years of Lucien-Louis Bunelmilitary service, he resumed his religious studies in 1922 and was ordained as a priest three years later. He joined the Carmelite religious order in 1931, and became Father Jacques.

In 1934 Father Jacques moved to the town of Avon, where he established a boys’ school, Sainte-Therese-de-l’Enfant-Jesus, at the Carmelite monastery. For five years he was the director of the school, until war broke out in 1939 and he was called up to serve as a chaplain in the French army. In a letter to a fellow Carmelite dated September 21, he wrote, “I’m eager to go into action and make my small contribution to Hitler’s demise.”

Father Jacques was captured by the Germans in June 1940, but in 1941 he was allowed to return and reopen his school in occupied France. In 1943 the Mother Superior of a Catholic girls’ school sent three Jewish boys to Father Jacques. He secured them false IDs and enrolled them in his school. On January 15, 1944, the Gestapo arrested Father Jacques and the boys. During interrogation, Father Jacques refused to recognize the laws of the Third Reich, saying: “I know only one law: that of the Gospel and Charity.”

Father Jacques was liberated in the Mauthausen concentration camp on May 5, 1945, but died soon after on June 2, 1945, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Linz, Austria. The Diocese of Meaux referred his cause for beatification to Rome in 2006.

Spiritual reading: Stop waiting for permission and get on with the work that God has called you to, stop waiting for permission and be brave, be courageous, be boldly full of Love and gentleness but step out into the space to create. (Sarah Bessey)


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