Monday, November 20, 2017

Thirty-Third Monday of Ordinary Time

Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant, and whoever observed the law, was condemned to death by royal decree. But many in Israel were determined and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean; they preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die.

There are many ways to die from physical death to dying to one’s selfish instincts. As Christians, we are constantly under siege by temptation. We are told by the world it is okay to do what is wrong as long as it makes us feel good. We are told to put ourselves before God and others. We are told we are wasting our time by praying, doing good works, or imitating Jesus. The world frowns on all these things and persecutes us when we choose what is right over what is easy. Those who do not believe put us to death in various ways from being angry with us to ignoring us. They try to force us to see the error of our ways and if we do not conform to our worldly passions, then they turn their backs on us, mock us, or even strike out against us. Being a Christian in a secular world can cause us many trials and tribulations, but thankfully if we are faithful we shall overcome all obstacles and enter into eternal life.

Are we willing to die for our faith? How can we resist the temptation to live worldly lives? How can we become living examples of what it means to live sacrificial lives?

O Lord, we are willing to die for you and your Good News.


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