First Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33: 1,12,18-19,20-22
Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12: 32-48
Our readings today speak to us about faith and the persistent courage to live that faith. Today is also the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi, a strong woman of faith and persistent, unwavering courage. We can look to St. Clare as a model of faithful Franciscan living. Even when the authority structures of her day wanted her to follow an already established Rule of Life, she courageously and persistently sought approval for a Form of Life that was written by a woman for women. Being a strong woman of faith, Clare did not tire of requesting that her Form of Life be approved. She wished to be faithful to the Gospel and, with that in heart and mind, she was persistent and courageous until she finally received papal approval for her Form of Life two days before she returned to God. How can I persistently and courageously live a faithful Gospel way of life? Perhaps there is something for which I am being called to stand and be a courageous witness to the Gospel.
Most High, glorious God, may the example of Clare of Assisi impel us to love you with our whole heart and to seek your will in all events of our lives and our world with the complete trust that faith requires. With swift pace, light step, unswerving feet, may we go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly. Amen.
Br. Joseph Bach, OSF