Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 27, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 17-17, 23-28

Psalm (Daniel 3)

      Luke 21:12-19          

I once heard a priest friend say during his homily, “God never promised us an easy journey in life, only a safe arrival.”  I believe this is true because Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that our life in this world is not an easy one.  We should expect thorns in the forms of persecutions, sufferings and hardships; we should learn to bear our crosses and find more meanings in our time of difficulty.  But we should not worry because God will provide us the means to ultimate happiness.

Our Lord says, “By patient endurance you will save your lives.”  He says this because Christianity is a religion of martyrdom.  Christianity is a religion of the Cross.  Jesus willingly shed His blood for our sake and He calls us to be martyrs as well.  The word “martyr” in Greek means “witness.”  Saint Augustine wrote, “The martyrs were bound, jailed, scourged, racked, burned, rent, butchered and they multiplied!”  Very powerful, don’t you think?

Today very few are called to be martyrs in the traditional sense.  For most of us our call is to be dry martyrs who bear testimony to the Gospel in the midst of daily challenges, contradictions, temptations and adversities which come our way as we follow the teachings of Jesus.  We are martyrs who witness the joy, truth and freedom of the Gospel by our life and our testimony.  Others are attracted to the Gospel by seeing the joy we display by our proclamation of the Good News.  Especially in our love for God and love for our neighbors.  We profess the Christian love for any enemies, being joyful in our suffering, patient in adversity, pardoning injuries and showing comfort and compassion to the hopeless and the helpless.

Question of the Day:  Are you ready to display the courage of a Catholic Christian as you profess your faith?

Prayer:  Lord, let my whole life be one continuous song of praise to You.  May it give honor to You and bring joy and peace to everyone I meet.

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