Today is the Memorial of Saint Martin De Porres. (Dominican Religious)
Scripture readings: St. Paul to the Philippians 3:3-8; Psalm 104; Luke 15: 1- 10.
St Paul says writes: “Because of Christ, I have come to consider all the advantages that I had as disadvantages.” Paul had everything and every qualification as a Roman citizen. He was fastidious in keeping the Law of the Jews but something was lacking. He did not know Christ. When Christ was revealed to him, he gave up everything to preach the Kingdom of God.
The same thing could be said of St. Martin De Porres. As a young man, he learnt the profession of a dispenser of medicine. He was comfortable in life. But he found something was lacking in his life as well. He then joined the Dominican Order and used his skill to work for the poor for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven.
Today, in my comfort and advantageous life, what am I doing for Christ? I can do something where I am no matter how small it might be. Even if it means looking at someone on the street with MERCY. What am I giving away for the sake of Christ? What am I considering as disadvantage for the sake of the Kingdom of Christ? It is possible for any of us to make a U-turn back to God. Jesus says in the Gospel of Luke 15:1-10 that ‘”there is joy among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”’