November 10 – Saturday
Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Gospel: LK 16:9-15
Generous giving is connected with alms-giving – the sharing of our financial and material resources with those in need (Luke 12:33). Those who receive alms become your friends because you are merciful to them in their time of need, just as God is merciful to you in your need for his forgiveness and help.
‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much’. We immediately understand this common sense statement, but often are not willing to give small things their due importance in the formation of our heart. Small acts of selfishness, of little transparency, of not taking our prayer life seriously, do have an impact bigger than we want to admit, as do small acts of love, care and honesty.
‘You cannot serve God and wealth’: crystal clear words, that even nowadays generate ridicule.
We pray for our world that is becoming totally obsessed with accumulating ever greater amounts of wealth. May the fire of your love burn in our hearts that we may be wholly devoted to you above all else. Amen