Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
I will raise a delicate point with someone who needs to hear my Christian witness.
Lord, you are the one constant in my life. You are my beginning and my end. I love
you as my savior. I trust you as my closest companion. I hope in you as the one who will welcome me
into eternal joy.
Grant me, Lord, the courage to face persecutions, great
and small, for the faith.
1. Forewarned is Forearmed:
Jesus' opponents called him a
devil. Either ignorance or hardness of heart prevented them from seeing the good in Our Lord.
Opposition to him continues to this day — only now, we receive the brunt of the attacks. Christ
warns that his followers will be reviled, just as he was denounced. Hence, it's no surprise that we
are labeled "backward" for our pro-life stance, or "intolerant" because we believe in moral truths.
Persecution underscores the authenticity of our faith. If we never face any opposition, we might not
be living the faith well enough or publicly enough. How do I handle persecution for my
2. What is True is Always True:
Nothing is concealed that will not be
revealed. Here, Our Lord assures us that all will be revealed in due time. Lies and fallacies move
at the speed of light, thanks to the Internet. Truth seems to travel a lot slower. The problem isn't
new. “For the time will come," St. Paul warned in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, "when people will not tolerate
sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers
and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths." Whether it's the truth about
marriage or the dignity of the human embryo, the truth will emerge in the public mind, eventually.
Likewise, the truth of Christ has to take root in us if we are to have joy and a sense of meaning.
The unhappiest moments of life occur when we stray from Christ's path. Which vice most needs to be
weeded out of my life?
3. Intolerable Tolerance:
If we deny Christ, he will deny us
at Judgment Day. That's a sobering thought. So many times the temptation arises to muffle our faith,
to give into human respect and keep silent in the face of evil. It can take many forms. We stay mum
when a relative brags about moving in with her boyfriend. We say nothing when a fellow Catholic
matter-of-factly defends abortion or contraception. Or we as parents fail to intervene when a child
spends hours alone on the Internet. All this silence and inaction we chalk up to "tolerance." But
Christ didn't tell his disciples to "Go, be tolerant of all things." Rather, he implored: "Go and
make disciples of all nations." Have I kept silent about something when I should have spoken
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, following you isn't easy. Attacks can come on
all sides: from family, friends, the media. I almost wish Christianity was easier, but then, it
wasn't easy for you, either. So help me avoid complaining. Grant me strength to be daring for
I will raise a delicate point with someone who needs to hear my