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Saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn (1240/41-1298)
Medieval mystic, mentor to Saint Gertrude the Great
Readings of the day: RB 41
Mass: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Resp. Psalm 128; 1 Thess. 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other,
supporting with greatest patience one another’s weaknesses of body or behavior.
No one is to pursue what she judges better for herself, but instead,
what she judges better for someone else.
WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
God loves a cheerful giver.
(RB 5:16/2 Cor. 9:7)
Let us not seek for ourselves more than we need, but rather what is good for others, and nothing of value will be lacking to us. May the Lord, who has compassion for our poverty and needs, and bestows his talents upon us, grant us the wisdom to seek what really matters, and the courage to love, not in words but in deeds.
(Pope Francis, Homily, November 19, 2017, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome)