November 24, 2017
(Ss. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs)
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words. Lk_19:45-48
The Word of God, beloved, causes us to “hang on.”
When the world is spinning us around and around and we seem to be seeking, searching for something solid, something grounded to hang on to, the Word of life, the Word of love, the Word of hope may be exactly what we need. Jesus gives us that Word. And it’s Him! He’ll clear out the error in us to bring out our true goodness! A goodness that exists in every one of us, no matter how negative we may feel about ourselves, or think others do.
Andrew Dung-Lac found that hope and brought it to his companions, who were searching for an answer. And just as it took the very blood of Jesus to bring about the reality of His Word, it took the blood of martyrs like Andrew and Paul and their companions to bring about the slow change of acceptance of the Faith in Korea.
As we continue in our spirit of Thanksgiving, beloved, let’s keep all the nations of people suffering persecution for their faith in our prayers. And also remember, with thanksgiving, the awesome freedom we have to live our lives in His Word.
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