Luke 21: 12-19
Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
In conversation or in an e-mail I will use a line of Christ’' wisdom from the Gospel.
by Fr Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Jesus my Savior, thank you for another day and
another chance to grow in holiness with your grace. I love you and wish to make you the true center
of my thoughts, desires and actions.
Lord, help me face the
difficulties of practicing my faith day to day.
from the world is the price we pay for following Christ. No pain, no gain. Why should that surprise
us? If living the Gospel were easy, all the world would be saints. But the Gospel is demanding. It
rubs against our fallen human nature. It demands of us and even makes us unpopular. Why? Because
people who do good are a thorny reminder to those who don't. It shouldn't surprise us that the
neighbors look down on us for having so many kids. Or that the guys in the dorm snicker at us for
living chastely. Or that the boss overlooks us for a promotion because we wouldn't donate to that
pro-abortion group last Christmas during the company fund drive. Do I realize that to be a Christian
is to be persecuted?
2. No Defense:
When Christ tells us not to prepare our defense
he's not telling us to sit back and do nothing. Rather, he wants us to use our talents for the
Kingdom. Christ is inviting us to trust that ultimately the victory of good over evil belongs to
him. God has his time and place for everything. In the meantime we are called to build the Kingdom
wherever we can in our families, our offices, our schools, our communities. How am I building the
Kingdom in the areas around me?
3. Wisdom from Above:
"I myself shall give you a
wisdom in speaking..." When we stay close to Christ in prayer and deed, he takes over our lives
little by little. And that's good. Our selfishness fades. Our heart grows. We die to ourselves. "He
must increase, I must decrease" (John 3:30). But we have to ask ourselves: Do we really
believe in the Gospel? Do we believe in it enough to use Christ's words when we have to respond to
the nonbelievers around us? How often do we identify ourselves as Catholic in
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, you know it's not easy to be seen as
People laugh at us , if they don't feel sorry for us.
understand where we are coming from.
Help me understand some of the loneliness you must
have felt when you went against the world's standards.
Help me be faithful to
you regardless of the cost.
In conversation or in an e-mail I
will use a line of Christ’' wisdom from the Gospel.
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