Monday, October 20
Memorial of Paul of the Cross, priest
Hold your complaint
Paul of the Cross, a mystic, saw in the Lord’s suffering and dying the greatest demonstration of God’s love. Though Jesus could have resisted his persecutors, he chose not to. Paul encouraged us to imitate Christ especially when tempted to lash out at someone who is bothering or irritating us. On a small scale we can chose the path Jesus chose on a very large scale: “When you feel the assaults of passion and anger,” wrote Paul, “then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings.” Though this approach runs counter to our assertive culture, try it out sometime and see if it does not bear unexpected fruit in your own life.
Today’s readings: Ephesians 2:1-10; Luke 12:13-21 (473). “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you.”