For Whose Glory?
Malvern Minute

 

October 19, 2017 – Thursday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions, Martyrs

(aka: North American Martyrs or Canadian Martyrs)

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

  Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (11:47-54)

 

The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets 
whom your fathers killed.

Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,

from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”

When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,

for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

 

Reflect: The scribes and the Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things. The words of Jesus triggered hatred and revenge toward him from the scholars of the law. He was striking a nerve. His words laid bare their distorted sense of faithfulness. On the surface their status demanded praise and accolade; however, they were in it for themselves, and, as Jesus shows, they are likened to previous generations who killed the prophets because they didn’t like their words. In contrast, today we commemorate the North American martyrs who lived their faith unto death. The only glory they sought was to give witness to the truth and to bless the Holy Name of God forever.  It was their example and witness that gave seed to the growth of the Faith. As we give thanks to God for their faith, we ask their intercession so that the hearts of believers in this continent might be renewed so that we may truly desire to be the torchbearers of Christ in our society today.  It isn’t about lifting up ourselves on a pedestal, but it has everything to do with helping our world to recognize the truth of Jesus Christ.  He alone is our Hope and our Salvation. To him be our glory (and our goal) for all ages. Amen.

 

Questions: Why do I live my faith? Do I seek to honor and lift up the name of Jesus in everything I do? How might the Lord be challenging me to live a more authentic Christian life?

 

Pray: Loving God, may the witness and death of your martyrs help to strengthen the faith of believers especially in North America. Through their example, may I have the courage to die to myself for your honor and glory. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions: Pray for us!

These Jesuit and Oblate missionaries were among the first to witness the faith to the native peoples of North America. Their work among the Huron, Iroquois, and Mohawk people saw little progress while they live. They were blamed for every misfortune that the native peoples experienced. The missions grew, however, watered by their blood which was spilled at various times from 1642 to 1649. In the subsequent years, many of the remaining native peoples accepted Christ, most notably Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, who was born in the same village near Auriesville, New York, where three of the martyrs were killed.

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