May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013015.cfm

Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated. You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. 

For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him. 

We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life. 

Are you willing to endure suffering for the sake of Our Lord? Are you willing to go and seek those who will mistreat you? Many do, many in our world today suffer as the Apostles did and they do it joyfully and are steadfast in their faith. Do you have the courage that they do? Do you have the faith they do? Look at your life and decide where your strength comes from. If not from Jesus, you will not possess life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always have the strength I need to follow you and serve you in this world, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

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