Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 10, 2014

484353_193893687401155_295375856_nGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus invites us to cultivate hearts of goodness and peace and to spread the wealth we build there to the people who surround us. In Luke’s gospel, the Lord counsels, “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,” and in the passage from today’s gospel, Jesus advises that as we “enter a house, wish it peace.” It’s old maxim that you can’t give away what you don’t have. Spreading goodness and peace presupposes that we are engaged in a spiritual journey that acquires and encourages those characteristics.

Saint of the day: Born in October 1954 in Turin, Italy, the Servant of God Maria Orsola Bussone came from a family of blue collar workers. Her father owned a car repair shop and her mother was a basic tailor (a “sarta”). From her childhood she regularly and frequently took part in her parish’s activities and in meetings of youth in the Gen Movement, the young MARIA ORSOLA 1people’s section of the Focolare Movement. The spirituality of that movement so impressed Maria Orsola, that in a letter sent to Chiara Lubich, the founder of Focolare, Maria said that she wanted to aspire to unconditional love of other people, letting “God use me as He wants . . . because that’s the only thing that’s worthy in our life.” MARIA ORSOLA 2She said she had made the decision to become a tool in God’s hands. Her association with the Focolare Movement caused her to deepen in her introspection and evaluate herself in light of her understandings of Jesus and Mary. She was a happy extroverted girl who was always prepared to be of service to others. Whenever she failed, she resolved to try again.

In July 1970 Maria Orsola, who liked to play guitar and sing with other young people of her parish, went to a trip near to Venice, as a group leader in the parish school-camp located at Ca’ Savio. She arrived on July 3 with 40 other teenagers and children, including her brother. Getting ready for Mass one day at camp, she died of an electrical discharge while she dried her hair with a defective hair-dryer at the age of just 15 on July 10, 1970 in Cavallino-Treporti. On May 26, 1996 Cardinal Giovanni Saldarini, the archbishop of Turin, opened a diocesan inquiry into whether she heroically lived out of the virtues of Christian life, an inquiry that resulted in the cause for her canonization being referred to Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Spiritual reading: We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. (Francis of Assisi)


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