September 23, 2014
(St. Pius of Pietrelcina – Padre Pio, Priest)
“He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself also call and not be heard.” Prv 21:1-6, 10-13
When we were kids we used to tease about the boy who cried wolf. He yelled and yelled and always got help, though the wolf was never really there. Then when the wolf really did come, no one would come to help because they didn’t believe him any more.
Today they say the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Not the wheel that squeaked once as a warning that disaster was looming. But the wheel that was such a pain in the ears that they finally fixed it because they couldn’t stand the noise any more.
Two seemingly different philosophies? Maybe. Maybe not. Sometimes when we make the noise that we’re in need of help, those who could help will first evaluate our situation to make sure we’re not just a boy crying wolf or a squeaky wheel. If we’ve shown that we are helpers ourselves, there’s a much better chance we’ll get some help in return.
It all starts with loving Jesus. When we center our lives on loving Jesus, Jesus will expand that love to reflect upon others as well. And when we love others, it’s just natural that we want to help them. And in helping them, we really are helping Jesus Himself.
Jesus said, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” Lk 8:19-21
Loving and doing and being the brothers and sisters of Jesus!
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