Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor of the Church
Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? (Matthew 13:54)
Lord Jesus, our attempts to humble others reveal our great pride. Those who knew You since childhood focused on Your humble beginnings as evidence that You have taken on a greater role than You deserve. When John the Baptist's disciples came to You ask if they should look for another, You pointed out Your mighty works in aid to those who need them most, adding "blessed is the one who takes no offense at me" (Matthew 11:6).
Alphonsus Liguori took no offense at Your call to accept the mighty power of Your mercy, only at his own resistance to Your liberating love that helped him to proclaim and teach what he saw and heard. As a guide for others in the formation of conscience and moral obedience, Alphonsus rooted this authority in his own need for conversion. May my astonishment at the mighty power of Your love not lead me to focus only on what I already know of You to my credit, but on the offense I take because of the limits of my faith, opening me in humility to Your favor.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.