Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorDilly, Barbaraen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 356en_US
dc.description.abstractThe lessons today ask us to remember the martyrs Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions. Paul, who was also martyred, reminds us that even though we may often be chained in sharing or living out the Gospel, the word of God is not chained. Though we may often suffer for our work in the faith, our suffering is not in vain. For this reason, we can give thanks to those who have suffered and died for their faith and we can also give thanks for our own suffering for the faith.|As I reflect on these lessons, I think that a very big part of what it means to share the Gospel is not just about bringing the word of God to those who haven't heard it. That is important, but encouraging those who already know of God's work in the world to persevere in their faith and to stay focused on truth is also important and often a lot harder to do. Sometimes it is just easier to start a new mission congregation in a developing country than it is to keep a 100 year old congregation together in America's heartland. Sometimes those older congregations can lose sight of what is really important and begin arguing with each other over little things. These disputes are a kind of unfaithfulness. And being in the midst of it and trying to focus on what is really important can feel like being held in chains. It can bring suffering.|So what is important? Jesus tells us that it is love. The Psalmist tells us that it is truth, humility, kindness, and constancy in keeping the commandments. Paul says it is remaining upright and acceptable to God. That can make martyrs of us all if we take it seriously. There isn't one day that goes by where we are not challenged to deny the power of the Gospel. There isn't one day where we don't back off in some way from the full glory of living out our faith by demonstrating less than what God expects from us in truth, humility, kindness, constancy, and love.|So Paul's words to us today are to encourage us to stay the course, to persevere. We remember his struggles and those of all the martyrs who remained faithful, even to death. Will we follow them to the extent that we will be imprisoned and die for our faith? Probably not. We're not all called to be martyrs. But that doesn't mean we can't hear the words of Jesus and apply all of our understanding and strength to loving the Lord, our neighbors, and ourselves at the levels God expects from us. And like Paul and Timothy, we are all called to more fully demonstrate truth, humility, kindness, constancy and love to those around us, especially in our own congregations, where we work, and in our neighborhoods and our families. So today I pray that all of us will see the challenges of our faith in our day to day lives right where we are and persevere where the going gets rough.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, June 3, 2010: 9th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitAnthropology and Sociologyen_US
dc.program.unitSociology, Anthropology, and Social Worken_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorDilly, Barbara J.en_US Timeen_US 9en_US
dc.subject.local12 Timothy 2:8-15en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10, 14en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 12:28b-34en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Daily Reflections Archive
    Reflections written by Creighton University faculty, staff, and administrators on the daily mass readings.

Show simple item record