October 4, 2017
St. Francis of Assisi
The Little Poor One
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." And to another he said, "Follow me."
He was called Il Poverello--the little poor one--and we very strongly and rightly associate St. Francis of Assisi with poverty. We love him because in him we see that it is, indeed, possible to live the call of Jesus, to follow in a radical way, with nowhere to rest our head, trusting in God alone on the journey.
But what is this poverty that St. Francis lived and extolled? It's natural and common to understand it as simply material poverty, but when I read the writings of St. Francis, I come to understand that his ideal of poverty is even more fundamental. It is the poverty of Christ, the Word, the Lord, come to earth, born as a helpless child, crucified as the vilest criminal, with nowhere to rest his head.
Sacrificing material things can be hard. Embracing the humility of the Son of Man might even be harder.
Jesus, give me the grace to leave myself behind for the sake of love.
- Amy Welborn
Nehemiah 2:1-8|Psalm 137:1-6|Luke 9:57-62