TUESDAY,  APRIL 28, 2020

“Seeing what divided the first Christian communities, I find three: first, money. Paul says the same thing: “The rich bring things to eat and they eat, and the poor remain standing” (Cf. 1 Corinthians 11:20-22), we leave them there as if to say to them: “Arrange yourselves as you can.” The love of money divides the community, it divides the Church. Therefore, poverty is the mother of the community…How many families end up divided over an inheritance? And they no longer speak to each other . . .  Vanity is something else that divides a community, the desire to feel oneself better than others…How many times – not always but many times — the celebration of a Sacrament is an example of vanity, those that are dressed the best, who do this or that . . . it’s vanity . . . at the greatest celebration . . . Vanity enters there also, and vanity divides, because vanity leads you to be a peacock and, where there is a peacock there is always division. A third thing that divides a community is gossip. It’s not the first time I say it, but it’s the reality; that thing which the devil puts in us, as a need to speak badly of others. “But what a good person she is . . .” – “Yes, yes, but however . . .” immediately a “but”, that is a stone to disqualify the other and I say immediately something that I heard and so I lower the other somewhat. However, the Spirit always comes with His strength to save us from the worldliness of money, of vanity and of gossip, because the Spirit isn’t the world: he is against the world; He is able to do these miracles, these great things.”

Pope Francis

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Psalm 31

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Blessings from Team MISSIO!