We remember the deacon Lawrence today in the liturgy, a favorite of mine whom I followed through the many churches and works of art in Rome that testify to his influence on the Roman church. Some years ago I worked with others to produce of video on Lawrence. (See above.)
Lawrence reminds us that Poor are the Treasures of the Church. I’m wondering if a good bit of Pope Francis’ present popularity comes from his strong commitment to the poor. He’s reminding the church-and the world too–how important they are if we follow the gospel of Jesus.
Augustine in a sermon on Lawrence says that you don’t have to be a deacon in charge of a major relief effort in the church to be like Lawrence, however. Each of us, treasuring the poor in our own way, follow Christ.
“The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes – yes, it truly includes – not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins, and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to look down on their vocations.”
We’re all part of the garden of the Lord. That’s a nice way of saying we’re all have something to give. Who are the poor we treasure?