Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
(II Corinthians 9:6-11; Matthew 6:1-6.16-18)
St. Aloysius Gonzaga died rich in the eyes of God although perhaps poor in the sight of many in the world. He gave up a claim to his family’s fortune to become a Jesuit. Once a religious, he dedicated himself to caring for the victims of the plague which was racking Italy. Eventually he contracted the disease and died from it. His willingness to give himself completely out of love for Christ amply illustrates today’s first reading.
St. Paul is urging the Corinthians to be generous in his collection of alms for the Christians in Jerusalem. He tells them that they will reap what they sow. In other words, if they make significant sacrifices, they will merit marvelous reward. Because God ultimately produces eternal life as well as crops, they will not be disappointed for their efforts.
We may tire of being pestered by charities. As we hear of names being passed from one charitable organization to another, we may not want to help anyone new. Let us not make such a decision out of frustration, however. Rather let us pray for the grace to make prudent use of our resources for the good of the needy.