Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Mike on June 3, 2014

the-last-supper-1594.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

John 17:1-11a

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The mission of discipleship is counter cultural. We remain in the world, surrounded by the things of the world, but our lives are connected to Jesus, and through that connection, we are like lights set on a stand to illuminate the whole house, contrasting what shimmers with every shadow. We give glory to Jesus by challenging the world with a way of being that we have learned in Jesus’ presence.

Saint of the day: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was an Italian peasant born in 1881 at Sotto il Monte, Italy. He rose to be one of the leading religious figures of the 20th century. Educated at Bergamo and the Seminario Romano, Rome, he was ordained in 1904. As secretary to the bishop of Bergamo from 1904 to 1914, he wrote the basis for his five-volume biography of Saint Charles Borromeo. He served in World War I in the medical corps, and as a chaplain. He worked in Rome after the war and reorganized the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Archbishop in 1925. He served as a Vatican diplomatic representative to Bulgaria, then Turkey, and Greece. Named papal nuncio to France in 1944, he mediated between conservative and socially radical clergy. Cardinal and patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected the bishop of Rome on October 28, 1958. He took a new name as the head of the church of Rome, calling himself John XXIII.

In this role, as the head of the largest group of Christians in the world, he stressed his own pastoral duties as well as those of other bishops and clergy. He promoted social reforms for workers, poor people, orphans, and the outcast. He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Church of England, and even Shinto. His letter Mater et Magistra of July 14, 1961 advocated social reform, assistance to underdeveloped countries, a living wage for all workers, and support for socialist measures that promised real benefit to society.

microphoneBishop Salmeo Ferraz, one of the bishops whom CACINA’s founder, Carlos Duarte Costa, ordained, reconciled with Rome. Without another ordination, Angelo Roncalli, as bishop of Rome, appointed Ferraz an auxiliary bishop of Sao Paolo.

On January 25, 1959, Roncalli announced his intent to call a council to consider ways to renew the church in the modern world, promote diversity within the unity of the church, and consider reforms promoted by ecumenical and liturgical movements. Convening the council, known as Vatican II, on October 11, 1962, was the high point of his service as the head of the Roman church. Salmeo Ferraz participated in the Council.

His heartiness, his overflowing love for humanity individually and collectively, and his freshness of approach to ecclesiastical affairs made John XXIII one of the best-loved religious figures of modern times. He died June 3, 1963. He was beatified in 2000 and canonized in April 2014.

Spiritual reading: If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light. (Saint John XXIII)

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