In our scriptures today from Revelation and Luke we find words of hope that are the result of a life that has as its focus, faith and perseverance.
From the Book of Revelation we read:
‘remain faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.’
And from the Gospel of Luke:
‘you will be hated by all because of my name,
But not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.’
To be a follower of Jesus Christ calls us to endure many trials and tribulations. It brings us immeasurable joy and happiness as well. The good days are times of celebration and rejoicing in God’s love and forgiveness. The not-so-good days/times are often bereft of comfort and happiness.
To be a follower of Jesus Christ calls us to take a stand against injustice, to work to change laws that keep our brothers and sisters in bondage. We cannot sit by and watch as people of a different color, faith, belief or walk of life are ridiculed and beaten down.
We live in times where violence, bullying, back-biting and meanness have become the norm!
To be a follower of Jesus Christ calls us to be present at the voting booth and the city council meeting, the pastoral council gathering and the march for gun control and civil rights for all God’s people! We must take the gospel message to the streets in our neighborhoods, schools, churches and at gatherings of family and friends!
We are reminded of the greatness of God as we pray the responsorial psalm today; ‘Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!’ May our thoughts, words and actions reflect the greatness of God this day and the days to come!
Theresa Secord is a Pastoral Associate at St. Agnes Parish, Louisville, Kentucky.