Thought for the Day – 23 August – Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 and the Memorial of St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)
Who can begin to imagine how the smallest of our actions, done in love of God and neighbour, can lead to immense results? For we know that the mustard seed is tiny and grows into the greatest of shrubs.
When St Rose began taking in the destitute, the old and infirm, the poor and the sick, could she have dreamed that this small service would become the beginning of social services in Peru? Moreover, she became known and loved throughout Peru and remains so, by rich and poor alike, who look to her for protection from calamity and for the protection of God, by her prayers.
City officials and senators, carried her body to its grave and she was revered as a saint from the moment she died, in fact whilst she lived. It was impossible to hold her funeral for several days due to the immense crowds and so, she was finally buried privately.
St Rose found her own unique pathway to sanctity when her plans to become a nun were frustrated. Remembering, all is God’s will, nothing is random or wasted, go forth, find a way and set the world on fire in your wedding garment!
Glorious St Rose of Lima,
you who knew, what it was to love Jesus
with such a fine and generous heart.
You, whom since infancy,
despised the world’s vanities
in order to embrace His Cross.
You who loved, with unfailing devotion,
our Heavenly Mother
and professed a great tender dedication
to the destitute,
serving them, in the same way, Jesus did.
Teach us to imitate your greatest virtues,
so that we, following your example,
may enjoy your glorious protection.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns forever.