The Parable of the Poor Old Man

 ◊  Saint Hilary of Poitiers, pray for us

You may remember the story about the rich young man who asked Jesus what he needed to do to obtain eternal life. This is a parable about the poor old man.

There was poor old man who approached a young man. The young man was an athlete, strong and skilled in sport. The old man asked the athlete, “Please come with me and my friends for the weekend. We will talk and eat and laugh, and seek the path to great wealth.” The athlete said, “No, I have to practice.”

The poor old man approached another young man. This young man was a scholar and academic. The old man asked the scholar, “Please come with me and my friends for the weekend. We will talk and eat and laugh, and seek the path to great wealth.” The scholar said, “No, I have to study.”

The poor old man approached a third young man. This young man was popular and well-liked among the people of his village. The old man asked the popular young man, “Please come with me and my friends for the weekend. We will talk and eat and laugh, and seek the path to great wealth.” The popular young man said, “No, I am afraid of what other people might think of me.”

The poor old man approached a fourth young man. The old man asked, “Please come with me and my friends for the weekend. We will talk and eat and laugh, and seek the path to great wealth.” The fourth young gave no excuse and simply said, “No.”

And then the time came, and the poor old man and his friends went away for the weekend. They talked and told stories, ate and laughed much, and the path to great wealth found them.

Now Jesus did not often explain his parables, but I will.

The great wealth does not represent money and expensive things. It represents joy, happiness, purpose and meaning. All things our hearts long for.

The path represents Jesus, “The way, the truth, and the life.”

The poor old man represents the humility of God acting through people. For most people, God will not speak directly to us like Abraham, Moses, or the prophets. God most often comes to us through the people in our lives. God invites us. And if you follow, you will find what you seek.

American Persecution?

 ◊  Saint Peter Gonzales, pray for us

There is a growing number of articles on the internet highlighting the bashing of Christian values and predict a deepening persecution of Christians. From some of these articles, the authors are a little surprised that this kind of persecution of Christians could happen in American. They need to remember that America is not the true Promised Land (see Luke 1:74).

The American persecution of Christians will be much more devious than the tragic blood martyrs occurring in the Middle East and elsewhere. It will be more along the lines of a dry martyrdom of social outcasting, scapegoating, financial loss, and legal penalties/fines. While the blood of martyrs is the seed of faith, I fear a dry martyrdom in our pleasure-seeking and comfort-driven culture will cause many to apostatize.

And yet, if there is a Christian killed in America for his or her faith, the culture elites and media will spin it far from anything appearing like a martyr for the faith. But the truth will not remain hidden—-the blood of a martyr is never wasted.

Choose Your Fullest Pulse

 ◊  Saint Gregory III, pray for us

Grand Sacred Angels we are,
        whether you agree or not!
Go to the Creator of You
Ask this love what your worth is
Ask the Author of existence what you are worth
The Almighty Sacred will say:
Your nature longs to be worth it
You want peace
You want stillness
Love is the blood that feeds the conscience’s stream
You want to understand so that you can love
To understand is to Love!
The Author of Love programmed you to care,
        whether or not you care to care.
You’re worth God loving you for ever, unconditionally.

— Alexis Leiva Letayf, from A Fuller Pulse

What God Says…

 ◊  Saint John Duns Scotus, pray for us

This is what God says to us from The Cross…

Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?

— The Doctor, Doctor Who, episode “Dark Water” (Season 8)