THURSDAY OF THE ELEVENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME, JUNE 18, 2020
Blessed Carlo Acutis
A reading from the Book of Sirach 48:1-14
Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in his zeal he reduced them to straits; By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You brought a dead man back to life from the nether world, by the will of the LORD. You sent kings down to destruction, and easily broke their power into pieces. You brought down nobles, from their beds of sickness. You heard threats at Sinai, at Horeb avenging judgments. You anointed kings who should inflict vengeance, and a prophet as your successor. You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses. You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you And who falls asleep in your friendship. For we live only in our life, but after death our name will not be such. O Elijah, enveloped in the whirlwind! Then Elisha, filled with the twofold portion of his spirit, wrought many marvels by his mere word. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. Nothing was beyond his power; beneath him flesh was brought back into life. In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. REFLECTION: "In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds."
Have you known a holy person in your life?
A parent, aunt, uncle, grandmother or friend?
Has their example helped you grow as a person? Grow in faith?
How about the saints in Heaven? Do you keep a special devotion for one or more?
As Catholics, we ask for the saint's intercession before God in our behalf.
I remember as a child that for a while we lived with my grandparents. Many times I knew if I asked my mother for something the answer would have been "No".
But if I asked my grandmother, she would say "Yes". Or she would talk to my mom and soften her heart so she would agree on whatever it was I was requesting.
I know it is a childish comparison. However, the saints, Mary, Joseph, and the Angels are the ones closest to God. Thus, their petition in our behalf is a powerful one.
The saints were ordinary people. Among them we can find fathers, mothers, children, old, young, doctors, actors, former prostitutes, lawyers, fishermen, students, teachers, etc. They come from every walk of life.
Saints are not people that lived back in the middle ages. We have saints living with us right now.
Among many, the 20th century saw Generation Xer Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, a young girl who united the pain produced by her bone cancer with the sufferings of the crucified Jesus.
On the early part of the 21st Century we have Blessed Carlo Acutis, a young man of 15 deeply in love with the Eucharist. He was a normal kid who loved the same activities as young men his age. He created a website that listed many Eucharistic miracles for all to learn from it.
We can befriend the saints, learn from them, and follow their example. They were human, and shared the same struggles and joys we do. They were people that "In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds."
May these deeds be ones that help us reach Heaven.