Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest—(1581-+1660) Patron Saint of Charitable Societies
Zechariah 8:1-8, Psalm 102: 16-18, 19-21, 29, 22-23, & Luke 9:46-50
"An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by His side and said to them, 'Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.'"
Wow! Talk about being attentive to the presence of the Lord in our midst? Jesus puts it very clear to us—God is present in everyone we meet. God's standards are certainly not the world's standards. Today's criteria are so often based on the financial world or a person's position of power. You can see it everywhere you go, especially in motion pictures, TV programs, and advertisements, the rich and famous—the elite of society, are admired for their wealth and power.
Have you been in a group of people and felt the change in dynamics when someone with status or wealth enters the conversation? Special deference is given to their words. When someone else speaks without such power, the words are heard but not so quickly heeded.
Friends, if we had the presence of mind to keep our internal attention focused on the fact that God is present in every person, we would welcome all people equally in our conversations and lives.
Consider engaging and revisiting today's Gospel narrative and absorb the words of Jesus into your mind and heart. Then, take time every day to monitor how you greet and treat people. Do you greet and treat others equally by offering them the same respect and courtesy? Are you aware that God is in your presence all the time?
I propose that today is a good day to do some internal checking. It is the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul who served the needs of the poor in the name of Christ. He saw God in others, and through his example, so should we.
Question of the Day: How will you teach others what it means to be the "greatest" in the eyes of God?
Prayer: "God, You gave Saint Vincent de Paul apostolic virtues for the salvation of the poor and the formation of the clergy. Grant that, endowed with the same spirit, we may love what he loved and act according to his teaching. Amen." (Lives of the Saints, Illustrated.)