Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion by Mike on June 5, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

John 17:20-26

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that af3e141d3b61159012e1f3b953fc19ce_w600where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: As Jesus prepares to mount the cross, he is thinking about his disciples; he is thinking about you; he is thinking about me. As his life waned, with the days counting down to hours, he called us the Father’s gift to him and expressed his desire for all of us to be one in him and he is one with the Father.

Saint of the day: Boniface was born around 673-680 at Crediton, Devonshire, England. Educated at the Benedictine monastery at Exeter, England, he became a Benedictine monk at Exeter. A misissionary to Germany from 719, he was assisted by Saints Albinus, Abel, and Agatha. Boniface destroyed idols and pagan temples, and built churches on the sites. He became a bishop and the archbishop of Mainz. He reformed churches in his see and built religious houses in Germany. Among the people he ordained to the priesthood was Saint Sola. He founded or restored the dioceses of Bavaria, Thuringgia, and Franconia. He evangelized in Holland, but was set upon by a troop of pagans, and he and 52 of his new flock, including Saints Adaler and Eoban, were martyred. He died June 5, 754.

In Saxony, Boniface encountered a tribe worshiping a Norse deity in the form of a huge oak tree. Boniface walked up to the tree, removed his shirt, took up an axe, and without a word he hacked down the six foot wide wooden god. Boniface stood on the trunk, and asked, “How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he.” The crowd’s reaction was mixed, but some conversions were begun.

One tradition about Saint Boniface says that he used the customs of the locals to help convert them. There was a game in which they threw sticks called kegels at smaller sticks called heides. Boniface bought religion to the game, having the heides represent demons, and knocking them down showing purity of spirit.

Spiritual reading: Forgiveness creates an obligation for which there are no exceptions allowed. Love is a fire which goes out if it does not kindle others. Thou hast burned with joy; kindle those who come near you with the same, lest thou becomest like a stone, hard and cold. You have received much; you must also give. (Giovanni Papini)


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