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July 09, 2021

Jesuit Martyrs of China

Mt 10: 16-23 

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 

Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Authentically living our faith

Today, the Church remembers in a special way the Jesuit Martyrs of China, including Saints Leo Mangin, SJ,  Mary Zhu Wu, and companions. In today’s Gospel, we hear words of caution from Christ to his disciples, warning them of the reality of persecution and martyrdom. He says that we will be like “sheep among wolves,” that we will be hated and persecuted because of him. Certainly, these words rang true in the lives of countless martyrs throughout history. However, Christ reassures us that the Spirit will be with us, that we don’t need to worry, and that we will ultimately be saved. 

Although you might not face an obvious physical martyrdom, have you ever allowed fear to influence the way you publicly share your faith? Ask the Holy Spirit for the grace and peace to authentically and wholly live your faith, even when it may seem uncomfortable.  

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr


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July 09, 2021

Jesuit Martyrs of China

Mt 10: 16-23 

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 

Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Authentically living our faith

Today, the Church remembers in a special way the Jesuit Martyrs of China, including Saints Leo Mangin, SJ,  Mary Zhu Wu, and companions. In today’s Gospel, we hear words of caution from Christ to his disciples, warning them of the reality of persecution and martyrdom. He says that we will be like “sheep among wolves,” that we will be hated and persecuted because of him. Certainly, these words rang true in the lives of countless martyrs throughout history. However, Christ reassures us that the Spirit will be with us, that we don’t need to worry, and that we will ultimately be saved. 

Although you might not face an obvious physical martyrdom, have you ever allowed fear to influence the way you publicly share your faith? Ask the Holy Spirit for the grace and peace to authentically and wholly live your faith, even when it may seem uncomfortable.  

Audrey Merck is a Theology teacher and Summer Bridge Principal at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

 

Prayer

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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