As we celebrate the Memorial of Padre Pio, a capuchin friar who was gifted with stigmata, we are reminded time and again of his life’s motto: “I only want to be a poor friar who prays.” As a spiritual director, confessor and intercessor, he made a tremendous impact in the lives of countless people. His strong spirit of compassion and deep concern for the poor made the faithful come back to his place in Italy. Once again, both readings today invite and call each one of us to focus our lives on people living at the margins of society, which is easy to be taken for granted if hearts are hardened. Our relation to God can be measured by our response to the needy: the poor, the suffering and the deprived. Amen.