February 6, 2014
(Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs)
On his death bed, David spoke to his son Solomon of the Lord’s promise to him, which was: ‘If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.’ 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12
It didn’t take long, just the next generation, that the sons of Solomon couldn’t agree with one another and split the united tribes of Israel into two kingdoms. The Northern Kingdom went off to worship foreign gods, while the Southern Kingdom of Judah maintained the Temple which Solomon had built, in Honor of the Lord. And many of those Judean Kings lost their faith as well.
Funny, it seems faithfulness is always at odds with our own self centeredness. And our self centeredness is not always driven by our own greed, but often just self preservation, pride or insecurity (The attitude that “If we don’t protect ourselves, we’ll get walked all over in life.) That’s a real struggle!
But praise be to God! We have example after example of people like St. Paul Miki or St. Agatha who kept that faith even to a painful death – the same death that Jesus endured for us. Hang in there Beloved! God is here for us, to give us strength, even when “they” walk all over us! Be strong and know that YOURS is the Kingdom of Heaven forever!
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