October 1, 2016
St Therese of Lisieux
Job 42;1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119; Luke 10:17-24
St. Therese of the Child Jesus (aka St Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower) is one of my favorite saints because of her humility and holy innocence. While still a young girl at age 15 with special permission she entered the Carmelite monastery where she lived a life of humility, simplicity and trust in God by word and example, while offering her life for the salvation of souls and the growth of the Church. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 in September 1897. In her biography “The Story of a Soul” she urged all to follow “the little way” which is fidelity to God in the small things of every day life. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope St John Paul II on October 19, 1997. All though she never left the convent walls she is the patroness of missionaries, as well as patroness of florists and of France. She is also the patron saint of St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) who took her name at the taking of her own religious vows.
The first reading is from the last Chapter of the Book of Job. All week we have been hearing about the struggles of Job and finally in this last chapter he comes to the realization that God’s wisdom is far beyond mans’ as he says, “I have dealt with great things that I do not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.” And he is finally content.
And in the Gospel the wisdom of God is revealed to the 72 disciples who had returned from mission rejoicing because the demons were subject to them. But Jesus tells them, “Rejoice not because they are subject to you rather because your names are written in heaven.” The disciples were thinking with the world’s wisdom of enjoying power. Jesus teaches them to think in heaven’s wisdom, what is really important.
Then Jesus praises the Father, “Although you have hidden these things from the wise and learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” God reveals His wisdom to the childlike such as St Therese of Lisieux, to those who are humble, simple and who trust in Him. If we want to know the wisdom of God more fully in our lives, we must be the same.
St. Therese, pray for us, to follow “The Little Way” in the small things of everyday life.