Memorial of Saint Pius X
Today we honor the memory of Pope Pius X, a forerunner in organizing the laity for a special collaboration in the Church’s work. Like Saint Peter Julian Eymard years before, the Holy Father encouraged early and often reception of Holy Communion and, in 1905, promulgated a special decree for the whole Church.
What is most important in your life right now? Your family, your job, your possessions? If you choose any of these, you will be greatly disappointed. Today’s Gospel, Matthew 19:16-22, begins with Jesus’ response to the young man’s question, “What must I do to gain eternal life?” First, Jesus tells him how he must treat his fellow man and concludes that perfection comes only when he has sold what was his and has given to the poor. Then he will be invited to “Come, follow me.”
Is there any way you could take something you treasure with you into eternity? Maybe you’ve kept the commandments and truly loved one another. Still, you know that something is missing. This young man is trying his best to be perfect, and Jesus knew what was in his heart. He reminds the young man that he lacks perfection, and when attained, he will be rewarded with eternal life.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard attained perfection by dedicating his whole life to Jesus on his retreat in Rome. He understood that God wants us to give our hearts solely to his Kingdom, not to wealth, friends, or success, which can distance us from Him. Giving to the poor makes us worthy of a life with God. We are invited to come and follow him.
When the value of all your possessions is weighed against your eternal life, what is most important in your life right now?
Let us pray:
Do you love Him alone? But in what degree? Have you not other affections that thwart the former? Examine whence come your thoughts, whether they are habitually fixed on Our Lord, His love, His adorable Presence. We think on what we love. Where your thought is, thither your heart turns. Amen. Saint Peter Julian Eymard