Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, bishop and doctor of the Church

(Exodus 33:7-11.34:5b-9.28; Matthew 13:36-43)

Adoration has become again a central feature of Catholic devotion.  Almost abandoned for decades, most parishes are now designating parts of days, whole days, and even ongoing days for praying before the Blessed Sacrament.  Chapels on college campuses as well often have regular hours of Eucharistic devotion.  Evidently people today just as in Moses’ time according to today’s first reading feel the need to commune with the Lord.

The reading specifies that the meeting tent was open to everyone.  What is more, when Moses entered the tent, everyone would pray before his or her own tent.  As one commentator says, “Everyone’s life was oriented toward meeting God.”  No doubt, they share with the Lord both personal and communal needs.  They want to know God’s will for them and also seek His help in carrying out their responsibilities.

Today the Church honors St. Alphonsus Ligouri, an eighteenth century theologian and bishop.  More than most St. Alphonsus was able to clarify what God expects of people.  When we go to him in prayer, he will help us to find our way to God.