A reading from 1 Galatians 6:14-18
Brothers and sisters: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
Reflection: " From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body."
Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic Friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the Order of Friars Minor or the Franciscan Order, and the women's order of Saint Clare. His feast day is celebrated October 4, 2019. In a dream, God told him, " Go and repair my Church, which you can see, is in ruins."
He is also known for his love of the Eucharist. At the age of 42 while fasting 40 days to prepare for the feast of St Michael he received the five wounds of Jesus. " From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body." He died two years after the stigmata. He had profound respect for the priests who consecrate the host into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
He followed profound poverty and believed that nature was the mirror of God. St Francis became known as the Patron saint of animals. He considered himself no friend of Christ if he did not cherish those for whom Christ died. On behalf of the Catholic Church, The Franciscans are recognized as the "Custodians of the Holy Land".
Are we ready to go and repair God's Church? Are we ready to pray and atone for the priests? The saints are our role models and may St Francis of Assisi show us how to love the Eucharist.