There are men who have no faith, who are sad and hesitant because of the emptiness of their existence, and exposed like weathercocks to ‘changeable’ circumstances. How different that is from our trusting life as Christians, which is cheerful, firm and solid, because we know and are absolutely convinced of our supernatural destiny!
Today’s liturgy warns us that an excessive concern for comfort and the things of this world will inevitably lead to a neglect of God and neighbour. The Gospel records Christ’s parable about a man who fell into this very trap. Instead of winning Heaven through the use of his wealth, he lost it forever. The story concerns a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently everyday. Meanwhile, at his door there was a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.
The Prophet Amos thunders against the exploitation of the poor by ruthless profiteers in the First Reading of today’s Mass. These immoral merchants despise the needy and make money off of them. They tamper with the scales and sell defective goods. They raise prices by taking advantage of shortages ... Through their unscrupulous behaviour, they insure their own.
To forgive from one’s heart often requires true faith. Due to the intensity of their faith, holy souls who have lived their lives in imitation of Christ often do not see the need to forgive. They realize that the only real evil is sin. Injuries and calumnies are simply not so very important.
For hundreds of years Christians have given special attention to Mary on Saturdays. Throughout history, and in our own times as well, theologians and ecclesiastical writers have explained some of the reasons that make this devotion particularly appropriate.