Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

ACTS 18:1-8, JN 16:16-20

Like Paul, Pope Gregory VII suffered and was persecuted for being faithful to the Gospel and the Faith.  Both were forced to move.  In the end, progress happened because of these attacks.  Christianity grew.  New emphasis was given to converting the Gentiles, which many Jewish people resisted.  “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power” (Resp. Psalm).  The Church became stronger.  

Jesus understood that there would be struggles and difficulties in living the Faith in every generation. You cannot make an omelet without breaking the egg.   “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy” (Gospel).  Nowadays many Christians are being persecuted and killed. It is an ancient fact that the Church and Christ’s plan of salvation grow in the blood of martyrs. To what point are you willing to put up with maltreatment for Jesus?  How much would you bare to stay faithful?   

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/052517.cfm

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