Saturday, June 3, 2017

Memorial of Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

After coming to Rome, Paul continues his mission to proclaim the Good News and teach others about Jesus Christ. He doesn't let his house arrest stop him from doing God's Will. He could have grown anxious at being denied his freedom for two years. He could have wondered why he was being put through such a trial. He could've turned bitter and denied others a chance to learn about Jesus. But he understood that walking the path God had prepared for him was the greatest freedom there is. He knew that the trials he was facing were ones that would lead him and others closer to God. He chose to walk the narrow path to Heaven no matter that cost.

How can we be as courageous as Paul in our mission of proclaiming the Good News? Are we willing to choose the true freedom of following Jesus over the false freedom of choosing ourselves above all? Do we pray to God for the strength to walk the narrow path to Heaven over the wide road to Hell?

O Lord, make us courageous in following the path you have prepared for us.


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