Mamalandong Kita! Reflection for Friday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Brother Alan Luigi Flores

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”

This week, our series of Gospel readings focus on the calling, the commissioning and the warning to the apostles.

True enough, the Church has had its share of persecutions, and continues to suffer them to this very day.

Evidently, the ways of the world are always in conflict with the ways of Jesus who always taught us to be very radical – that is, to shun the ways of the world and stand for what we believe in.

This is the very message of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The Church has its share of haters and will continue to have its share of haters. That is what we are though, a community of sinners and saints, strong and faint.

If we want to find meaning to our suffering in this vocation to holiness, we better unite our suffering to that of the Lord crucified for our sake on the cross. There we will find how beautiful holiness is.

If we trace our steps back to the days of the early Christians, their prayers were not always about the “bless me, Lord”, or “Lord, give me this.” Rather, their utmost prayer was “Make me holy, Lord…”

Today we pray for perseverance in our vocation to holiness in the midst of suffering. We pray that the Lord may continue to give us strength to overcome all these so that we may be fruitful in our mission on earth.

God bless us all. Amen.

The persecution of Christians in the Praetorium.


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