Posted by: livingscripture | October 4, 2019

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

26th Friday of Ordinary Time

St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2019

WORD of the DAY  

 I bless the LORD who counsels me;

even at night my heart exhorts me.

 I keep the LORD always before me;

with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.

 

 You will show me the path to life,

abounding joy in your presence,

the delights at your right hand forever.

    (Psalm 16)

 

How shall I live this Word?

These expressions, captured in the responsorial psalm of today’s liturgy, are well suited to the splendid figure of St. Francis. He, in fact, the son of one of the greatest wealthiest people of Assisi, was a young pleasure-seeker who could afford all that a rich person can easily have. However, when he became aware of how much pain there was and is in the world, he irrevocably decided to leave things and money in abundance to clothe himself inwardly with Jesus Himself: the Lord Christ. Full of the riches and power of God, he wanted to strip himself of everything to be a witness to the only true wealth: a life consigned to God for the love of Him, recognized and served in the poor. 

Lord, through the intercession of St. Francis, detach and free my heart from accumulating money and things.  Persuade me that today, tomorrow, and forever I will have a true, free and serene life, only if I concretely renounce what is over and above my needs, for Your love and for those who have too little.  Then “You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in Your presence”.

The Voice of St. Francis

Where there is love and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.  Simple joys are the most beautiful, and in the end, they are the greatest.

Hail, queen of wisdom, the Lord saves you with your sister, the saint, pure simplicity.

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