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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 25, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or 368f9679f42812c78268aa1f8d790c3b_w600figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus calls us to be aware, to read the signs of the times: we are to pay attention. Everything in creation is redolent with God’s presence. Jesus says we can know things in what they manifest to us. We are to cultivate hearts that are free, hearts that can discern the still small voice in the breeze. Not every sign is a sign from God. The grace we seek in seeking spiritual maturity is the ability to discern what is and what is not from God.

Saint of the day: Today’s patroness of Prussia began her life in the 13th century with luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.

Virtue and piety were always of important to Jutta and her husband, who were both nobles. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels, and furniture she possessed and became a Secular Franciscan, maintaining her membership in the laity but taking on the simple garment of a religious.

5_5_Judith of PrussiaFrom that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind, with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.

About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.

Spiritual reading: Let us not forget: we are a pilgrim church, subject to misunderstanding, to persecution, but a church that walks serene because it bears the force of love. (Archbishop Oscar Romero)

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