Tuesday, May 21th --- Fifth week of Easter
Today is the feast of St. Cristobal Magallanes.
Cristobal was born July 30, 1869, in Totatiche, Jalisco, Mexico. His family was farmers. As a boy, Cristobal worked as a shepherd prior to entering the seminary at age 19. At age 30, he was ordained and served as a school h.chaplain in Guadalajara. He later returned to his home parish as pastor, where he founded schools and carpentry shops, and helped in planning of hydrological works, including a dam.
The priest was especially interested in evangelizing indigenous people, and opened a mission in Azqueltan. When the government shut the seminary in 1914, he offered to open a seminary in his parish...and did the following yea.
Fr Cristobal served during the Cristero War (1926-1929). The conflict resulted from the governmental efforts to stem the Church's influence by passing such laws forbidding Mass and baptism, and banning foreign Clergy.
Although Fr. Cristobal preached and wrote against violence, he was accused of promoting rebellion. On this day in 1927, he was arrested. He gave away all his possessions to his executioners and forgave them. Without a trail, he was martyred four days later.
Hw, along with 24 other Cristero martyrs, was canonized on this date in 2000.
Actor Peter O'Toole portrayed Fr. Cristobal in the 2012 movie "For The Greater Glory."
Jesus said to his disciples: "[If God is glorified in him.] God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. (Jn 13:32)
This week's mediation comes from what is called the Last Supper discourse in the Gospel of St. John.
People who preach frequently during the Easter season often wish for the miracles and parables that are found in other Sunday Gospels. This week's Gospel, on the other hand, provides a vey deep message. It forces homilists to do something they must not do often enough -- preach on the great mysteries of our faith.
Homilists are more accustomed to applying the Christian message to things of daily life and therefore to teach behavior. My behavior, fro example, changes when I see things differently. But I also need to hear about the great mysteries of God and of the Eucharist and Word of God , and faith and grace... no matter how I may struggle to understand these mysteries.
The great mysteries invite me to see things differently, to see myself differently, and that new vision will lead me to act differently -- more like Christ.