Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 7, 2014

7fc73a0d0fb53b7fa27f9c49f9b73481_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”

And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Matthew’s gospel today reassures us the Lord loves us and is wholly trustworthy. Life is full of obstacles, some of which seem intractable and insurmountable, but Jesus is tender, reliable, and greater than our difficulties. When we are in distress, the Lord comes to us to touch our hands with his and restore us to life. He looks into our particular circumstances, understands what eludes us and the people who surround us, and responds to us in the truth of who we are.

Saint of the day: Ralph Milner was a layman who lived in the 16th century was born in Slackstead, Hampshire in England. He probably passed most of his life in his native village, where, being practically illiterate, he supported his wife and eight children by manual labor. He was brought up an Anglican but became a Catholic convert. On the very day of his first Communion, however, he was arrested for changing his religion and committed to Winchester jail.

77martyrs6Here his good behavior meant he was frequently allowed out on parole, and was even trusted with the keys of the prison. This leniency enabled him to introduce priests to administer the sacraments to Catholic prisoners. He then acted as escort first to Father Thomas Stanney, and later to his successor at Winchester, Father Roger Dickenson, conducting them to the different villages to minister to Catholics.

Finally seized with Father Dickenson, Milner was with him placed under close confinement in Winchester jail pending the approaching sessions. The judge urged Milner to attend even once a church other than the one in which he had faith and thus escape the gallows. He refused and began to prepare for death. Every effort was made to persuade him to change his purpose and renounce his faith. When he was approaching the gallows with Father Dickenson, his children were led to him in the hope that he might even then relent. He was unshaken in his resolution and gave his children his last blessing. He was executed at Winchester on July 7, 1591 by being hanged, drawn, and quartered for giving assistance to Blessed Roger Dickenson. He was beatified in 1929.

Spiritual reading: You do not need to understand healing to be healed or know anything about blessing to be blessed. (Frederick Buechner)


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