Sunday, September 30, 2018
MONDAY, 26TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Therese of Lisieux, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Jb 1: 6 - 22 / Lk 9: 46- 50
Born in Alercon, France, St. Therese of Lisieux (St. Therese of the Child Jesus, 1873 - 1897), "the Little Flower," joined the Carmelites at the age of 15 and was known for her humility and complete abandonment to God. She was declared a Doctor of the Church and Patron of the Missions and of France.. Her parents, Sts. Louis Martin (1823 -1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin (1831 -1877) were beatified in 2008 and canonized by Pope Francis on 18 October 2015.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jb 1: 20 - 22
In grief, Job tore his clothes and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground and worshiped, saying, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked shall I return. Yahweh gave, Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be his name." In spite of this calamity, Job did not sin by blaspheming God.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 9: 46- 50
One day the disciples were arguing about which of them was the most important. But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he took a little child and stood him by his side. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. And listen: the one who is found to be the least among you all is the one who is greatest."
Then John spoke up, "Master, we saw someone who drove out demons by calling upon your name, and we tried to forbid him because he doesn't follow you with us." Jesus said, "Don't forbid him. He who is not against you is for you."
In the first reading Job accepts with great peace and equanimity the massive disasters of his life planned by Satan to test him. Job continues to praise and bless God: "Yahweh gave. Yahweh has taken away. Blessed be his name!"
We pray for such trust and love of God.
In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us to be like children, child-like but not childish. We should strive to emulate the simple and trusting nature of children in our relationship with God our Father.
As we celebrate the memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, "the Little Flower," may we learn from her life the lesson of spiritual childhood: "I rejoice to be little, because only children and those who are like them will be admitted to the heavenly banquet."
Have a good day!
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