Thursday 31 October 2019
St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ
Romans 8:31-39. Psalm 108(109):21-22, 26-27, 30-31. Luke 13:31-35.
Save me, O Lord, in your kindness – Psalm 108(109):21-22, 26-27, 30-31
‘With God on our side, who can be against us?’
Reading the letter to the Romans can offer us real consolation. God is for us. Anything else is insignificant in comparison with this knowledge. Nothing can separate us from the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus. This is the source of our hope.
St Alphonsus Rodriguez lived a life of hope in the presence of God. As a doorman at a Jesuit College in Majorca, he met all sorts of people from all walks of life. He would hear a knock at the door and say to himself ‘I’m coming, Lord’. His life overflowed with the spiritual and human graces he received in his prayer and ministry. His life brought consolation and peace to many people to whom he offered counsel. A way of simple, generous service, he shows us the way to ordinary holiness in everyday commitments and responsibilities as simple and important as opening the door.