THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
November 3-9, 2019
Today we have a very interesting comparison of us with God. The Book of Wisdom 11: 22-12:2 tells us that we are nothing but a tiny grain or a drop of dew; in fact, the whole universe is nothing, but this tiny grain or drop of dew in relationship to God. So, why does God bother with us? First of all, God would not have created us, if we were not to be a precious treasure that he loves and on which he has mercy.
He gave us a very dangerous gift, called free will. With this gift we see how humankind has misused this wonderful gift. However, “God spares all things, because they are his, the Lord and Lover of souls for his imperishable spirit is in all things, so he rebukes offenders little by little,” hoping they will repent.
Can you imagine anybody with such immense power having love and mercy on their most weakest and poor employee or member? We see too often that the people at the top have vast wealth and do not share it with their employees, who make that wealth for them. We are made in God’s imagine, but humans so very often certainly don’t act like it. However, we do see some famous people doing some surprising things. LeBron James hired a taco truck to be on sight for the first responders fighting the fires in California. Others have donated thousands of dollars to aid those affected by the fires. It is heartwarming to see the coverage of the CNN heroes, who are doing astounding ministry. News media should do more stories like these to balance the horrific stories of human err.
Another tax collector appears on the scene today in Luke 19: 1-10. Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector and a wealthy man, was a short man who could not see Jesus, because of the crowd. He was not too proud to climb a tree, so as, to see Jesus. To everyone’s surprise Jesus says, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” Well, you can imagine the grumbling. How could Jesus go to the house of a sinner? However, Zacchaeus repented on the spot and Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
“…to see Jesus.” Would we climb a tree to see Jesus? Jesus climbed a tree and saved us from our sins. We only have to look upon the cross to see how much we are loved and treasured, tiny though we are.
Accepting the cross life has dealt us with humility and love for the God who created us will help us to travel the road to eternity with compassion for others.
Today we celebrate the life of a humble man, who shared his gift of healing and compassion for others. He was born in the 16th century to a Spanish nobleman and former black slave in Lima, Peru. He is the patron of interracial harmony.
On Monday we remember St. Charles Borromeo, an Italian Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan in the 16th century. He was one of the important figures in the Counter Reformation. He worked to implement the directives of the Council of Trent – the eradication of the sale of indulgencies, the reform of monasteries and to simplify the ornate decorations of churches. He also worked for the education of clerics and the establishment of seminaries and colleges.
On Saturday the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica is celebrated. This is the pope’s church, the Cathedral of Rome where Pope Francis presides. The first church was built in the 4th century on land donated by Emperor Constantine, which he had received from the Lateran family. It fell into ruin, but was eventually rebuilt in the 17th century to what we see today, when the pope returned from Avignon, France to Rome, Italy. It is named for John the Baptist and John, the Evangelist and Apostle. It is the spiritual home/parish of all Catholics, because it is Pope’s Francis’ cathedral.
Remember all those suffering from war and natural disasters. May God have mercy, Sr. Rosemarie Goins, CSSF