Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:16-22 – St. Pius X
“I was born poor, I have lived poor, and I wish to die poor.” These are the words of Pope St. Pius X, whose feast we celebrate today. Born Giuseppe Melchiore Sarto, he started life in poverty: his father was the village postman. Though he eventually found himself elevated, if reluctantly, to the See of Peter, he always kept in mind that the only true wealth to be had in this world is Jesus in the Eucharist. Throughout his papacy, he advocated for the frequent reception of communion by all the faithful, laity as well as clergy. In addition to his quote about the value of his own poverty, he said, “Holy communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven.”
What a contrast we have, then, between this strong yet gentle saint and the rich young man in today’s gospel. When told that his treasure was not in earthly goods but in pursuing perfection by the offering up of those mere “things,” the rich young man left. He went away from Christ. Even more of note, he went away sad.
Oh, how we cling to those things we know don’t last! We turn from Christ, and we know that doing so only makes us sad. Through the intercession of Pope St. Pius X, may we be willing to empty our hands of all but Jesus.
What is one thing that I can do today to let go of temporary pleasures and fill my hands with the richness of God’s love?
Lord, through the intercession of Pope St. Pius X, help me be poor enough to find myself rich in Your love.
Copyright 2017 Erin McCole Cupp
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