Wednesday, the 25th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Vincent de Paul
Readings for today’s Mass
Last week, Kristin offered a reflection on simple living. She noted the lure of fashion and the desire for the latest and fastest technological devices. It would seem that we have developed a great need for more wants.
The solution Jesus is offering is simplicity, which should never be confused with poverty. Most people in religious life take vows of poverty. i don't know any who are poor the way my friends down town are poor. Many in religious life live simply. A vow of poverty suggests that poverty is a value that one might strive for. Wrong! Poverty is first of all a sin. i don't know anyone who has chosen to be poor because there is something good about it. As children, none of folks downtown ever dreamed of growing up to be homeless.
Simplicity, on the other hand, i will argue, is a virtuous pursuit. It is something anyone can freely choose. It distinguishes wants from needs. And it frees up resources that ensures that everyone has at least enough. It would serve better if religious took vows of simplicity and then chose to live accordingly. It was the model of the early Church described in the Act of the Apostles. See how it reads: There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. It is also the model of service Jesus used when he commissioned the apostles and sent them out.
Simplicity, it's a very good option. After having just moved back to town, i know students who are still unpacking their needs. Simplicity, keep it in mind the next time you are packing up to go.