Giving It All Away
“I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”
Today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of the Prodigal Son. Many of us can identify with this rebellious younger son who loses himself in pleasure and adventure. One of the things that makes Francis’ story so engaging is that his early life seemed far from saintly. He was a young man of his time and social class. Grace…brought him to the point of being able to say to himself: “Since you are courteous and generous to men from whom you only receive vain and transitory favors, it is only fair that you should be equally so to those in need, since God is magnanimous in repaying whatever is given to his poor.”
Those who worry about whether there will be enough find it difficult to give freely. Those accustomed to giving it all away find it easier to accept God’s grace.
Pray with Saint Francis
Holy Humility puts pride to shame, and all the inhabitants of this world and all that is in the world. Amen.