Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 23, 2014

a1f7861fc459c9ad48c6b9bd4f3b31e5_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: This passage begins the last of the three chapters in Matthew that recount the Sermon on the Mount. At the start of the first chapter in the Beatitudes, Jesus praises the meek, saying they will inherit the earth. Here, Jesus says the same thing but with a negative example, chastising people who make judgments about others. Judgment destroys community; it attacks the roots of what unites us. Judgment of others is a temptation. It begins like a small ache in the spirit, reaches out to infect others, and results in a plague in the community. It manifests itself in gossip, and it blinds us to our own faults. It seeks to make us look taller by making others look shorter. Meekness is introspective and honest, resists the temptation to gossip, and acknowledges we all fall short as it seeks the well-being of each member of the community.

Saint of the day: Maurilio Teixeira-Leite Penido was a Brazilian philosopher and one of Brazil’s most famous theologians. He was born into a aristocratic family in Petropolis, Brazil on November 2, 1895. When his father died, he moved in 1906 to Paris with his mother and there completed his primary and secondary education. He pursued humanistic studies at the University of Paris.

PenidoIn 1914 Penido went to a French Seminary in Rome. In June 1915 he completed his bachelor’s degree in Scholastic philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In November 1915 he moved to Switzerland and studied at the University of Freiburg. In 1918 he received the title of Doctor of Philosophy. He was ordained a priest in 1922 and in 1928 received a doctorate in theology at the University of Freiburg. From 1928 until 1938 he taught in this university.

In 1938 Fr. Penido returned to Brazil and lived in the Copacabana district of Rio de Janeiro. In 1939 he became professor at the University of Brazil. He wrote and published. In 1954 he became professor at St. Joseph Seminary of Rio de Janeiro and retired in 1958. Despite suffering a serious health situation worsened by Parkinson’s disease, he continued to teach and provide spiritual direction to the Carmelite sisters. Fr. Penido died June 23, 1970, at St. Joseph Seminary of Rio de Janeiro. Opening an investigation into his life is under consideration in the diocese of Rio de Janeiro.

Spiritual reading: To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. (C.S. Lewis)


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