Thursday, October 6, 2011
October 4 we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. For many of us we might have acknowledged on that day that it was his feast day and then went about our daily life.
If I were to describe St. Francis of Assisi I would say he was a seeker. Not a seeker of fame or fortune, as well seen by the life he lived. He did not get up in the mornings and look at himself in a mirror to check how he looked today. He did not spend time giving thought to what he would wear today.
When his conversion started he did not seek friendships or to be understood by others. His thoughts were turned to what was his purpose. What did the Lord want for him. What was the Lord asking of him? How could he grow in his faith, love and practice of God's will for him?
He came to the realization that he was to live the Gospel. Gospel to life, Life to Gospel. Though he was known as a preacher, he believed in living the Gospel and only speaking when necessary. He believed that it was not by his words that he could best live the Gospel but by his actions. I imagine that it was a surprise to him that others wanted to follow in his way.
His days and nights were spent in prayer, fasting and seeking to find what his purpose in life was. Why did the Lord create him and how could he put it into practice? I wonder if he were alive today, how we would look at him? Would we only see the outside, and judge him by the clothes he wore or the cut of his hair? Would we expect him to change to adapt to our expectations as so many of his later followers did?
Seek and you shall find, ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be answered. May we all take time to seek what God is calling us to do and pray for guidance to put it into practice in our daily lives. May we remember that God had a purpose for creating us and may we fulfill that purpose in the name of God and for God alone.
God Bless each of you and love one another as God has loved you!