Friday of 26th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Francis of Assisi

“My Yoke is Easy and My Burden Light”

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order. He was a son of a merchant of Assisi and born in that city in 1182. As a wealthy merchant, he wanted his son Francis to become a businessman. As a wealthy merchant, Francis would have what he would like to have.

Story told that at the age of nineteen, Francis went to battle against the nearby town of Perugia. He was captured and taken prisoner. He was held prisoner in a dungeon for a year before his father bailed him out with a ransom.

Over the next few years, he began to see visions from God that changed his life. The first vision was when he was sick with a high fever. At first, he thought that God had called him to fight in the Crusades. However, he had another vision that told him to help the sick. Finally, when praying in a Church, Francis heard God told him to “repair my church, which is falling in ruins.” Francis gave all his money to the church. His father became very angry with him. He then left his father’s home and took a vow of poverty.

Saint Francis learned to lay all his labor and burden on the Lord by following the teachings of the Lord Jesus and to walk in his footsteps. His offering all what he had to the Church, his help towards the sick and the poor were what Jesus did while living on earth.

As Saint Francis responded to God’s call to follow Christ to serve the sick and the poor, what you and I can do as we profess ourselves as the followers of Christ? As Francis placed total faith and trust in the Lord to sell all what he had to give to the Church, what can you and I offer to others as we placed our faith and trust in the Lord? Jesus offered to carry our labor and burden, have you and I willed to lay all our labor and burden on him to allow him to carry for us? Perhaps, we need to learn to have a meek and humble of heart like him. The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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