Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 4, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 17:11b-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 89891fe86704220f1b74e68172dfc1cf_w600YBut now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.

I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Christianity has long tradition of women and men leaving the world to go and lead lives of solitude and prayer, to hear God’s voice in desert winds and the caw of lonely birds as they fly through crisp Autumn nights. But the more typical vocation of Christians is to live in the work-a-day world with its thousand every day worries. Jesus on rare occasions calls certain men and women into dedicated quiet spaces, but he often is content that we stay in the world. But his invitation that we be in the world is not an invitation that we be of the world. No matter where we land in our lives, Jesus’ prayer to his Father for us is that we avoid evil and commit ourselves to what is true.

Saint of the day: Elizabeth Hasselblad was born in 1870 as the daughter of country merchant Robert Hesselblad and Catharina Pettersdotter Day. By 1886, she had to work to help them make ends meet. Elizabeth HesselbladAt first she looked for work in Sweden, but eventually sought work in the United States as a nurse. Her work in the U.S. led to her interest in Catholicism; she converted in 1902.

Elizabeth later joined the Bridgettines on a visit to Rome. She attempted to revive interest in the order and its founder. She also worked at efforts at inter-religious dialogue and against racism, and became known as, “the second Bridget”.

Elizabeth Hasselblad worked during World War II in Rome to protect persecuted Jews. She died in April 1957 in the Casa di Santa Brigida, where she also received her final resting place. An effort to canonize was launched in 1987, and she was beatified in April 2000.

In 2004, she was posthumously awarded Righteous among the nations of Israel for her efforts to protect Jews during World War II.

Spiritual reading: Pray, trust, and don’t worry. (Padre Pio)


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  1. peter said, on June 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Good article on blessed Elizabeth Hesselblad but the photo with it is not her. It is a photo of the English sister and servant of God Richard Mary Hamborough who worked in Rome with bl Elizabeth to save many Jews in the war?

    • Fr. Mike said, on June 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thank you, Peter. I’ve replaced the photo with another photo of someone who I hope was correctly identified in the original source. –Mike

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