“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Sunday of the Third Week of The Cross
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Saint John-Paul II: Witnesses of truth in front of the power of evil
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 24,1-14.
As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.
Then he asked them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray.
For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Messiah!” and they will lead many astray.
And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
‘Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.
Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another.
And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.
But anyone who endures to the end will be saved.
And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.
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Commentary of the day :
Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Homily for the Commemoration of the witnesses to the faith in the XXth century, 7th May 2000
Witnesses of truth in front of the power of evil
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” (Mt 5:11-12). How well these words of Christ fit the countless witnesses to the faith in the last century, insulted and persecuted, but never broken by the power of evil!
Where hatred seemed to corrupt the whole of life leaving no escape from its logic, they proved that “love is stronger than death” (Sg 8,6). Within terrible systems of oppression which disfigured man, in places of pain, amid the hardest of privations, through senseless marches, exposed to cold and hunger, tortured, suffering in so many ways, they loudly proclaimed their loyalty to Christ crucified and risen…
Countless numbers refused to yield to the cult of the false gods of the twentieth century and were sacrificed by Communism, Nazism, by the idolatry of State or race. Many others fell in the course of ethnic or tribal wars, because they had rejected a way of thinking foreign to the Gospel of Christ. Some went to their death because, like the Good Shepherd, they decided to remain with their people, despite intimidation. On every continent and throughout the entire twentieth century, there have been those who preferred to die rather than betray the mission, which was theirs. Men and women Religious lived their consecration to the shedding of blood. Men and women believers died offering their lives for love of their brothers and sisters, especially the poorest and the weakest. Many women lost their lives in order to defend their dignity and purity. “Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25).
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