60 Second Reflections

September 23, 2020

St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Memorial

The author of today’s words from Proverbs and the Twelve summoned by Jesus have much in common. Part VI, corresponding to Chapter 30, of the Book of Proverbs is entitled “The Words of Agur.” Agur was an unknown person from Massa, indicating his source of origin was northern Arabia. But Agur literally means “I am a sojourner.” Agur, and the Twelve sent out by Jesus, were sojourners, travelers staying only a short while in a place that was not their home. They all followed the same mandate, having neither poverty nor riches, but asking to be provided only the food they would need. The Twelve were given the power and authority by Jesus to proclaim the Kingdom of God by curing diseases and exorcising demons. Agur as well clung to the word of God, relying on the knowledge gleaned from that only source of truth. But, in actuality, we are all really sojourners, staying a short while in a place that is not our home. Our time on earth is brief. The source of our origin is also our true home. The wisdom of Agur and the directives of Jesus, then, are indispensable in how to negotiate this life that is but a journey to our permanent dwelling place with our God. Live simply so all can have neither too much, so to deny reliance on the Lord, nor too little, so to be tempted to wrongdoing just to survive. Heal all we come in contact with, with open-hearted listening and generous response. Set up healthy boundaries, separating from those who barter in falsehood and lying, shaking the dust from our feet and moving forward in good faith. Take refuge always in the God that is our shield, whose Spirit is the light guiding us ever home. The word of God is a lamp for our feet, reminds the psalmist. There is really so little we truly need in this beautiful and transitory place we now dwell that we do not receive by living in love. That is indeed the Good News. In the words of St. Padre Pio, “pray, hope and don’t worry.” Our God is leading us ever home. Prv 30:5-9; Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163; Lk 9:1-6

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