|Memorial of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez,
Psalm 144:1, 2, 9-10
Scripture so often rouses us. We sink into our routine. Grumbling about the workload. Not enough pay, not enough recognition. I do more than my share. We measure and weigh; our spirit contracts defensively.
Paul writes from prison: call on God for your strength and resist evil. You are needed in the struggle for justice. The gospel of peace will draw fire. Do not hide from the battles that surround you. Hold up your faith and stand firm. Above all, pray always.
Looking for a symbol of perseverance, Paul found the Roman soldier. The armor, helmet, sword, and breastplate of the warrior are transformed. Those who follow Christ are sheathed in his presence, so hold fast. Do not draw your strength from weapons, but from the piercing and saving word of God.
Where do they struggle for justice? Where do they proclaim peace? Where do they resist the cry for war? Am I with them? God, give me the courage to hold my faith high.
The death threats continued. Jesus was a marked man who would not be silenced. Still he healed the sick, drove out evil spirits, and prophesized against the leaders of Jerusalem: you who will kill me in due time do not see the destruction bearing down upon you. Even your mighty temple will fall.
Searching for expression of his love for us, Jesus found the mother bird. Donít you see how deeply I long for you? Seek shelter under my wings. Come home.
The evils of our day will not separate us from the love of God.
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