Wednesday of the 25th Week of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
September 23, 2020
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
provide me only with the food I need;
Lest, being full, I deny you,
saying, “Who is the LORD?”
Or, being in want, I steal,
and profane the name of my God.
Today’s reading from Proverb teach us how to live and what to expect and gather in life. Every Human in this World has a mission to proclaim the Word of love by living as a witness and teaching others by our words and action. Jesus commissions his disciples and sends them two by two to proclaim the good news. All couples are called for a mission of Christ , they are called , chosen and sent two by two as a Couple to proclaim the good news of love through their lived life and testimony. Family is the first mission house and the Children are the people whom the parents are called to love and teach to love.
Modern World teaches children to be prosperous in finance or in Worldly point of view, but very few families focus on love and the Christ values of life. Love and forgiveness are the basic tools to be taught by the parents to their children, and to do that they must be ambassadors of love and forgiveness as an example. If we tell our children not to use internet all the time, first of all we must stop using internet by ourselves and become an example to them, otherwise we become a scandal to our own Children.
The Word of God says not to take purse or Sandal or food for the journey and it will be provided at the appointed time and place of our journey. This does not mean that we have to stop earning our daily bread but not to spend our entire life to earn our daily bread and Worldly prosperity. Daily Bread is part of our mission and a supporting function but not the mission. All our support directly or indirectly comes from the Providence of God and we must believe this than worrying all the time over money, job, house, food and family. The Proverb tells us what to seek and how much to seek , wise man says do not give me riches so that I may forget the Blessings and do not give me poverty so that I may steal and sin against the Lord. What the wise man says is give us the necessities of our life.
The necessities are provided if we stick to the Word of God and live in love in our families and communities. The problems comes in our families when we try to live in selfishness and earn our livelihood in easy living or laziness or gather in greed and lust of this World. The food , shelter , clothing, education is for our living resources and not the purpose of our life, when we make these living resources as our only purpose of our life and forget the main purpose of love and forgiveness which we are called and sent to become witnesses to our families , friends, society and nations , then we drift away from our vocation as Parents or missionaries of love.
God has made us plain and simple but we have made ourselves so much complicated in life that some people have become Gods in their life. The missionary work is not to proclaim in the remote jungles but in our daily life situations. The preaching of Christ is a lived life in love and forgiveness and not adding in numbers or creating differences in the society. Lord will judge every word spoken in his name and if that word does not bind in love and forgiveness but bring division and hatred among people , God will judge them on the last day saying ” away from me you wicked generation and False Prophets”. Let us make love and forgiveness as the center and purpose of life and all the rest of the needs will be provided by itself in the process of our life journey.
Prayer : Lord , give us today our daily Bread. Amen.