Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church - Scripture Reflection


Responsorial Psalm PS 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102

Response: Lord, I love your commands.

How I love your law, O LORD! It is my meditation all day.

Your command has made me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers when your decrees are my meditation.

I have more discernment than the elders, because I observe your precepts.

From every evil way I withhold my feet, that I may keep your words. From your ordinances I turn not away, for you have instructed me.

Reflection

Let us reflect on the life of Saint Gregory the Great. Although he did not want the role of the Pope he accepted it and gave generously to the poor. In the 590s to save thousands of people from dying of famine, this saint ordered the Church to use its assets to feed the poor. Instead of selling the produce from the land they owned to generate income, Pope Gregory ordered it to be shipped to Rome and given away for free to the poor (Catholic Online 2018).

Let us pray to have zeal for the Lord and be more charitable.

Reference: Catholic Online. “Pope Saint Gregory the Great- Saints & Angels.” Catholic Online, Catholic Online, www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=54.


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