Saturday, the 17th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Vianney
Readings for today’s Mass
We see that very thing played out in both of today's readings. In the first, Jeremiah is threatened with death for calling Israel to repentance. Sin and debauchery seems to suit them better. In the gospel, the Baptist loses his life for trying to uphold the law. Following the good road has its hazards.
As Christians today, it isn't always any easier. Think of the preachers who sometimes occupy the clock tower or who harang on the street corners of metro-cities. The pro life sign holders over on Market street. Persecution isn't as severe as it was for the ancients but it still exists. Today's prophets might be persecuted with verbal insults, sometimes lawsuits or having objects throw at them. But for those dedicated to what they believe, there is no changing course. Jesus told us to expect it. Through it all, keep in mind the words of today's gospel acclamation:
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus also told us to expect that.
As you try to live the gospel, do you ever encounter adversity? How do you deal with it? How do you react to those who persecute you when you meet them on campus? Do you love them? It's what the prophet would do.