Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 11, 2014

Frank Brangwyn Sermon on the MountGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: There is a stage in the spiritual life where we believe that adherence to a rulebook is the path to God. Too many of us stay there, and it is being stuck in this place that creates an unflattering picture of Christian life and repels people who otherwise will find the message of Jesus and his good news attractive. As Mahatma Gandhi once observed, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Jesus challenges us to move beyond the letter of the law and embrace the deepest spirit of the law. Lives of grace are not in sync with the legislation; lives of grace are sync with the Spirit of God, which blows wherever it will but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So choose life, so that you may live.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Angelino Cuccuru was born in Sardinia in Italy on December 6, 1920. Six days later he was baptized. At seven he received his first communion. The future bishop of Alghero-Bosa who in 1993 would then introduced the Cause of Beatification of Angelino was present at his confirmation when the boy was eight. Angelino attended elementary obj29geo29pg1p4school and left a lasting impression on his contemporaries for his exemplary conduct and his interest in school subjects, particularly Catholic doctrine. His friends noted his tenderness and that he never missed Sunday Mass and communion. At certain times of the year he attended church even on weekdays, which was not common among the children and youth of Italy.

Called to military service in early March 1940, he left for San Remo and fought against France. In July 1941 he set out for the Russian Front: his letters on this trip show Angelino as a keen observer of the campaign. On June 10, 1942 in the area of ​​Plasky, near the River Don, he was shot in the head during action observation and measurement. The next night, around two, Angelino Cuccuru died in the hospital from the field of Rikowo, Ukraine, assisted only by his most dear friend Giovanni Salaris. It was June 11, 1942. His body was buried in the military cemetery of Senakiewo in a tomb bearing the number 234.

CuccuruAngelino’s confessor received many letters from the military front and has written a short biography. Family members agree on the exceptional nature of Angelino’s conduct: for example, he prayed at the beginning of work in the countryside, before meals, and in the evening, he and his father would kneel as the family recited their rosary. Angelino expressed confidence in God: he was diligent in the hard work of the farmer, available to others, happy to be with peers and relatives, and interested in the scripture that his father repeated or read directly from the Bible. His peers were unanimous in the opinion of serious and his comportment that was different from others you. Even his fellow soldiers attested to his gentleness. His neighbors were great admirers of this young man considered exceptional for his behavior whom they considered a friend of God to turn to and obtain the Lord’s grace and healing. His body was returned home in 1996 in the presence of the highest military authorities of Sardinia and many civil authorities. His diocese has concluded an investigation into his heroic virtues.

Spiritual reading: Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute? (Annie Dillard)

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