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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 26, 2014

b86da62055fc1c1209302e4c0e6b6b2f_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Our confidence is in Jesus. It is he who draws us. It is he who heals us. It is he who nurtures us. It is he who saves us. Charles de Foucauld, a great French mystic who lived and died in the Algerian desert in the early 20th century, said, “Only one thing is necessary, to love Jesus, to follow in his footsteps, hand in hand with him, to live his life, to think his thoughts, to speak his words, to continue his action.” This is what it means to listen to the words Jesus speaks in the Sermon on the Mount and act on them just like the man who built his house upon the rock.

Saint of the day: Born in 1235, Blessed Raymond Lull was a layperson who worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa.

Blessed Raymond LullyRaymond was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. He earned a position in the king’s court there. One day a sermon inspired him to dedicate his life to working for the conversion of the Muslims in North Africa. He became a Secular Franciscan (a layperson who formally adopted a Franciscan way of living) and founded a college where missionaries could learn the Arabic they would need in the missions. Retiring to solitude, he spent nine years as a hermit. During that time he wrote on all branches of knowledge, a work which earned him the title “Enlightened Doctor.”

Raymond then made many trips through Europe to interest popes, kings and princes in establishing special colleges to prepare future missionaries. He achieved his goal in 1311 when the Council of Vienne ordered the creation of chairs of Hebrew, Arabic and Chaldean at the universities of Bologna, Oxford, Paris and Salamanca. At the age of 79, Raymond went to North Africa in 1314 to be a missionary himself. An angry crowd of Muslims stoned him in the city of Bougie. Genoese merchants took him back to Mallorca, where he died. Raymond was beatified in 1514.

Spiritual reading: In every situation, ask yourself: what would our Lord have done? Then do that. That is your only rule but it is absolutely binding on you. (Charles de Foucauld)

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