Tuesday, October 20, 2015 ~ Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest
Holy Gospel: Luke 12:35-38 Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
Meditation: This story illustrates the amazing generous spirit, servant-hearted love, and profound humility of God who is the exalted Lord and Master over all he has created. The Father sent his only begotten Son to become a man for our sake who shed his blood for us on the cross to ransom us from slavery to sin, Satan, and death. Saint Paul the Apostle tells us that Jesus who was equal with the Father, nonetheless, humbled himself and became a servant for our sake (Philippians 2:5-8). Saint Paul of the Cross, whose feast we celebrate today, said: “If you correspond to the designs of God, He will make a saint of you. Be generous, and remember that we ought to walk in the footsteps of Jesus crucified. The servant of God who is not crucified with Jesus Christ, what is he? He is unworthy of divine contemplation who has not fought and conquered some great temptation. God has suffered much for me; ought I not suffer something for Him?” Ah, yes – the reciprocity of love. Do you love Christ as much as he loves you? If not, why not?
Prayer: May the Priest Saint Paul, whose only love was the Cross, obtain for us your grace, O Lord, so that, urged on more strongly by his example, we may each embrace our own cross with courage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: Just as Jesus was faithful and ready to obey his Father in everything – even to the point of laying down his life for us on the cross – we, too are called to be faithful and ready to do whatever our heavenly Father’s commands us. How can we serve as Jesus served and be faithful to the end of our days? Only the love “which God has poured into our hearts through the Spirit which has been given to us” (Romans 5:5) can transform us and fill us with joy and courage in offering our lives in humble service to God and to one another.