September 5, 2021

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Has not God chosen the poor to be rich in faith, and be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him (James 2:5).

He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak (Mark 7:3).

James teaches us to recognize that God favors the poor. Their poverty calls for God’s mercy. They are rich in faith and heirs to the kingdom of God. We have a hard time understanding the way God thinks, but with prayer and faith, we can experience the goodness of God and his care for us.

Jesus did everything well. He even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. Their handicap calls for God’s healing and merciful love. People have a hard time understanding what God is doing. But when judgment day comes, it will all be clear. He loves us not because we are good but because he is good.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote to Mrs. Antoinette de Grandville on December 8, 1867, with a similar lesson:

“Since your poor soul is almost always blaming itself or at fault, you must change your way. Believe me: forget yourself more with God, look more closely at the details of his goodness, of his divine Providence in action. Let his love be your point of departure; its greatness is seen in proportion to our unworthiness. God loves us though we are poor and unfaithful and so deserves our gratitude all the more; that is the means that would help you to get up and find courage. Do this without delay and try to forget yourself. You will see your faults better in God’s mercy than in yourself” (Counsels for Spiritual Life, pages 193-194, CO 2084).

Let Us Pray:

Father, may we be rich in faith. May we try to do everything well. May we hear what Jesus tells us and share it with our neighbors.


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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.