Today we celebrate and remember St. Anthony. Not knowing the story behind St. Anthony, I did a little research online and found a rather interesting article that explains who he is and how he served the Lord. I thought you might find it interesting too…here is that link. I always wonder how Holy Mother Church decides on the readings to use for the Mass when remember the life of a saint…not today, after reading about the life of St. Anthony and what is was that spoke to him to make the changes in his life he made, the readings used for the Memorial Mass were quite obvious.
So the question for all of us this morning is what are we willing to do for God and His mission? St. Anthony was called to leave everything behind and dedicate himself to a life of self-sacrifice and prayer. That was St. Anthony’s call…that doesn’t necessarily make it mine or yours. We all have God given talents. We are all called to love one another as God loves us. How do we marry those two callings together then is the question? What talent do I have that will show the love of God, the love of neighbor to those in need?
Let me quote from a movie you would have never guessed I could have used to tie into today’s readings…City Slickers.
Do you know what the secret of life is? [points index finger skyward] This.
One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
But, what is the “one thing?”
[smiles and points his finger at Mitch] That’s what you have to find out.
Do something great for our Lord today – find your “one” thing that God is calling you to do for Him and do it to the best of your ability.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase, I must decrease.
Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.