Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga SJ
After being reminded yesterday not to measure and judge without having clear eyes, we receive specific advice on dealing with difficult people in today’s Gospel. Don’t! Sometimes we will be giving our treasures and gifts to people who will not openly or willingly receive them. Give holy gifts to people open to receiving holy things!
Let’s recall that Jesus continues teaching from the Sermon on the Mount, the extension of the Beatitudes. Christ proclaims the golden rule again: love one another as you love yourself. Loving leads us through the narrow passages of life and opens us to a blessed life.
Today’s saint, Aloysius (Luigi in Italian), strove always to love others as he felt God’s love. He witnessed much brutality, ill-lived aristocracy, and the turmoil of family matters, moving from Italy and Spain to flee family drama and achieve a decent education. Not wanting to continue the family heritage and renounce all treasures, he hoped for a life with the Jesuit missionaries, bringing Christ’s love to those most in need. As a Jesuit student, during a terrible pandemic in Rome, he served the sick, cared for them, and became ill. He struggled with illness his entire life, striving to bring his gift, his treasure of love to help those most in need. The pandemic proved too much for his weak health, dying on this day in 1591. He served until his final breath.
Let us face the narrow gates, even difficult people, discerning how to love, serve and share our best with them. Let us not be afraid to offer our treasure of faith to those who are open to receiving our great communion of faith, hope, and charity. Like Aloysius, let us bring Christ’s healing to those suffering.
All-Loving God, we do not know your ways or understand your creation. Help us be humble and serve the sick among us so that we may truly love one another. Grant that we may strive eagerly for the higher spiritual gifts and bring your faith, hope, and love to a world in need of healing. Amen.
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