First Reading: Rev 15:1-4; Psalm: 98. R. v. Rev 15:3b; Gospel: Lk 21:12-19
DYING FOR CHRIST
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.
This may sound weird, but martyrdom is a beautiful way to die. What can be more beautiful to die for the one who died for us? Practically, martyrdom can be a gruesome and a cruel sight to behold. But beyond the ordinary, it is a pristine 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 gruesome to behold.
But the fear of the pains of martyrdom scares us that some don’t even pray for it. Christ reminds us today to endure sufferings and persecutions for his sake so that not a hair of our head will perish. Let us today pray for the fortitude to stand faithful even amidst persecution so that we may reunite with our maker in heaven
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, grant us the fortitude to remain steadfast in you even amidst persecution. Amen.