September 3, 2010
+ St. Gregory the Great
II Cor. 4: 1 and 2, 5 through 7
Lk. 22: 24 – 30
The Scripture Lessons chosen by the Church for the Feast of Saint Gregory the Great contain those characteristics necessary for one who has been called to be a servant of the truth.
St. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, says: “But we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord…while holding this treasure in earthen vessels…that the power may be of God and not form us.”
An in the Gospel of St. Luke, Christ tells His apostles and us: “Let the greatest among you be as the least and the leader as the servant.”
These passages do, in fact, sum up the life of Pope Saint Gregory I in his service to the Church. He was called to leave the silence and the solitude of the Benedictine Monastery and assume the responsibility for the Universal Church. IT was a formidable task but one which he accepted as coming from the hand of God and one which he carried out with humility.
And today, at the beginning of another school year, you and I are called to apply these words from Sacred Scripture to our own lives as teachers and students. And although each one has a different role, one task remains the same; one responsibility remains constant: to seek and live the truth in a spirit of humility and service.
If we take to heart the words found in the Scripture read at Holy Mass this morning and if we follow the example of St. Gregory the Great, we will carry within us the Light of Christ who is the Truth and in so doing, help others to find this Truth and embrace it.