Learn more about St. Peter Claver: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=94
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090915.cfm
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
Those who are suffering physical persecution now are blessed. But persecution can come in many ways. We are seeing more and more of it, being persecuted in some form or another because we believe in God and the truth of Jesus’ teaching. If you were arrested and accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence In how you live your life to convict you?
Prayers: Heavenly Father, when I am persecuted or judged wrongly because of my belief in you, give me the strength of martyrs to stand up for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.