Friday, July 10 ~ Be Courageous Daily Reflection
We have thankfully been returning to our churches for liturgy, albeit with guidelines due to the viral pandemic. But in many places, people may not openly practice their faith at all. Did you know that more than 260 million Christians experience high levels of persecution for following Jesus? That’s around 1 in 8 Christians worldwide, reports the 2020 World Watch List.
Friday, July 10, 2020
We are a joyful community of disciples
the Good News and
all people to
the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
God is always near us
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves.”
- Matthew 10:16.
We have thankfully been returning to our churches for liturgy, albeit with guidelines due to the viral pandemic.
But in many places, people may not openly practice their faith at all. Did you know that more than 260 million Christians experience high levels of persecution for following Jesus? That’s around 1 in 8 Christians worldwide, reports the 2020 World Watch List.
Why do the good suffer? This eternal question is highlighted in the Book of Job, in The Confessions of St. Augustine, in literature by Dostoevsky, and in best sellers like Rabbi Kushner’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.”
Ultimately, suffering is a mystery. Yet, remember that God is always near us. Carve in our memories the words of Scripture, “Can a mother forget her child and, even if she does, I will never forget you.”
Suffering can have healing and redemptive power. The sufferings of Jesus brought forth eternal life for all. Hidden within the mystery of suffering is the hope and glory of resurrection, a transfigured or transformed, indescribable new life. So too, our everyday, inescapable “aches and pains,” borne with love, can be redemptive; can bring forth new life in ourselves and in others.
How can I bring hope to someone in need?
God, grace me so that even in suffering, I can reach out with a helping hand, a listening ear, an encouraging word to someone in need.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM,
of St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, has served in parish ministry and chaplaincy, and as a college president and professor. His articles and books include Enjoying God's Gifts; Get Thee Behind Me, Satan: Rejecting Evil; and Christian Unity: The Next Step 'That They May All Be One.' His website is afranciscanjourney.blogspot.com.
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Courageously Living the Gospel
This Scripture Reflection is published by the Office of Communications, Diocese of St. Petersburg.
on Friday, July 10 at 9:00AM