Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 8, 2014

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to 162c6616c3a379060cbc3db2389998f7_w600all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Matthew writes that Jesus’ heart is moved with pity for the crowds, because they are troubled and abandoned. The people in the crowds have many troubles. The problems that Jesus notices are the ones we face: The same long hours, the monotony of obligations, the work that everyone finds matter of fact, the long and bitter effort for which no one is thankful, the exhaustion and sacrifice of old age, the disappointments and failures, the misunderstandings and lack of understanding, the unfulfilled aspirations, the small humiliations. For all of these things that constitute the day-to-day condition of living–not to mention the truly hard things, like the deaths of children or parents, alcoholism and drug addition, chronic health conditions, broken relationships, financial reverses–Jesus’ heart is filled with compassion. It is an emotion that runs so deep in him that it makes the evangelist take notice of it: he is so agitated that his face betrays his emotion and his body shows his anguish. So we are not alone in what life presents us, neither in the big things we face nor the little ones that trouble us. This is the mystery of the incarnation, the mystery of God pitching God’s tent among us: We are not alone, because when we suffer, Jesus suffers with us.

Chiara-1-Biogr.Saint of the day: Clelia Nanette was born in 1872 in Italy. She was known as a pretty, high-spirited, intelligent, joyful, energetic, and impulsive girl. Her parents encouraged her to a more active social life in the hope that she would marry, but she declined, working at home, and living a private vow of chastity. At 18 she asked permission to enter religious life, but her parents vehemently opposed it. With her brother’s help, she joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on January 24, 1892, taking the name Maria Chiara (Clare). She frequently said, “Onward always.” She became a missionary to China, but her short lived career ended during a crackdown on foreign missionaries. She was beheaded on July 9, 1900 at Taiyuanfu, Shanxi, China and canonized in 2000. She was 28 when she died. Known as Saint Maria Chiara, her life is celebrated on July 8 each year as one of the martyrs of Shanxi.

Spiritual reading: Behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal, or a window opening on something other than itself. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)


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