Saturday, Sept. 23

MEMORIAL OF PIUS OF PIETRELCINA, PRIEST

Aid comes first

When Saint Pius of Pietrelcina—Padre Pio as he’s widely known—decided he wanted to build a free hospital for the poor up the road from his friary, he started with a piece of land and a few friends and supporters. Four years later, in 1956, he had one of the most modern hospitals in Europe. Since the padre’s death in 1968, the facility, which he wanted to be a “place of prayer and science,” has quadrupled in size and stands as a dramatic tribute to the desire to help others and the determination to follow through. What seeds of service can you plant and cultivate?

TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Luke 8:4-15 (448).
“A sower went out to sow his seed.”

Friday, Sept. 22

Women belong in the picture

Women, as today’s gospel makes clear, accompanied Jesus in his ministry. They left their families to follow him and offered financial support for his mission. They stood by him at the cross, and all four gospels place women at the tomb when the resurrected Christ is revealed. As scripture scholar Elizabeth Johnson points out in her groundbreaking book Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology, “Jesus Christ included women in his community, not as subordinates to males, but as equal sisters to their brothers.” Many of us, men and women alike, still struggle with seeing women in their fundamental humanity as equals to men. Think about the ways you overlook women when it comes to spiritual leadership.

TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12; Luke 8:1-3 (447).
“Some women were with Jesus who had been cured by him: Mary, called Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and many others.”