First Reading: Dan 5:1-6.13-14.16-17.23-28; Psalm: 3. R. v. 40b; Gospel: Lk 21:12-19
STEADFASTNESS IN FAITH
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
In the gospel of today, Jesus pointed out the eschatological signs that would precede his final coming. He reminded his disciples that the sign that will mark their daily lives was the ‘sign of the cross.’ They should therefore be prepared to testify to their faith even amidst trials and persecutions. They should not be afraid when they face their enemies as some of them would be put to death. Jesus promised that those who endure to the end would gain their lives.
Martyrdom is a beautiful way to die. This may sound weird because no one prays to die in a cruel manner. But what can be more beautiful to die for the One who died for us? Ordinarily, martyrdom can be terrifying and not everyone wishes to die a martyr. But beyond the ordinary, martyrdom is a pure sacrifice that appeals to God. It is a sacrifice that can win us another life in heaven that never ends. This is why it is beautiful though terrifying to behold.
Christ assures us today that if we endured suffering and persecution for his sake; not a hair of our head will perish. Let us take the challenges we encounter due to our faith in Christ as an opportunity to witness to his name. Let us also pray for the fortitude to remain steadfast even amidst trials and persecution so that we may receive the promises of Christ at the end of time.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, grant us the fortitude to remain steadfast amidst trials and persecution. Amen.