THEME: SEEK NOT PROSPERITY NOR POVERTY BUT THE GLORY OF GOD
” Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God” (Prov. 30:7-9).
This prayer of a man named, Agur, is a fitting conclusion of the book of Proverbs. It teaches us the right attitude towards poverty and prosperity. Agur’s prayer is fascinating. In our prayers, we usually ask God for more “blessings” (translated, money and material things). We ask God for things that will make our life comfortable. Conversely, we ask God to take away things that make our lives miserable. Seldom do we seek the glory of God, whether in pain or pleasure.
However, Agur asks for neither prosperity nor poverty. Prosperity will make him forget God. Poverty will make him steal and profane God’s name. Hence, he asks just enough to meet his needs, so that he can honour God in his life. His main motivation in his prayer is neither the comforts of life nor the lack of it, but the glory of God. God will surely answer the prayer that seeks His glory. Jesus tells us to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. God shall then add to us all the things we need (Matt. 6:33).
Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, who was also better known as Padre Pio, a Franciscan priest who lived in the last century and was remembered for his great faith and dedication to the Lord, his holy and pious life, his commitment to the Lord and to the people, hearing confessions and casting out evil spirits from many.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina also suffered a lot throughout his life and his ministry as a priest. He encountered much opposition from various sources, even from the authorities within the Church. He was once restrained and prevented from speaking publicly or exercising his priestly ministry due to doubts over the veracity of his actions. And at that same time, he was also suffering from the miraculous stigmata on his body, in which the wounds of Christ Our Lord appeared on his hands and feet. But despite the physical, mental and spiritual sufferings and struggles that he had to face constantly all the time, St. Pius of Pietrelcina continued to dedicate himself, his time and effort for the sake of God’s people, for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of many souls. He has shown us exactly what it means for us all to be those who shine the light within us, like that of a lamp being placed on a lampstand.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina has shown us all what it means for us all to be truly faithful to God in all things, and in being role models and examples for our fellow men. Let us all be inspired by his examples and dedicate ourselves thoroughly from now on, and seek to glorify God by our every words, actions and deeds from now on.
PRAYER: May God bless us always and may St. Pius of Pietrelcina intercede for us sinners. Amen.
GOOD MORNING AND GOD BLESS YOU!