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August 29, 2015

Beheading of John the Baptist

by Daniel Thomas Op
Saturday in the 21st Week of the Church Year Today’s Feast: Martyrdom of John the Baptist. Scripture Readings for today's Liturgy: 1st Thessalonians 4:9-11 Psalm 98 Mark 6:17-29 "Blessed are those who are persucuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 5:10) On this Memorial of the Beheading of John the Baptist the Church takes the first reading from the… Read more...

 

Saturday in Easter Week

Saint for the day: Blessed Peter Gonzalez (d. 1246)

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Acts 4:13-21

Psalm 118

Mark 16:9-15

“Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”

These words at the end of today’s Gospel are the “marching orders” for the early church and are based on the conviction of those who have encountered the Risen Lord. “What we have witnessed and seen with our own eyes we now proclaim to you.”

With those words firmly rooted in their lives they “go out” to all the world and proclaim “Jesus Christ, Savior of the world.” They didn’t spend years in seminary study and were simple people who were uneducated and probably couldn’t even read or write. But they had faith! This kind of faith takes us beyond all our ready-at-hand categories and we often speak of it as something that we “have.” We would be better to speak of it as something that we “do” or something that we “are” by God’s gift. Be that as it may. It was enough to get the early Church going.

I am reminded of the saying, “If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Again, it’s not that Christianity has been tried and failed. It’s more likely that it hasn’t been tried with conviction. The early followers of Jesus were convinced of His resurrection so much so that they told the powers that be, “how can you tell us not to speak of these wonders that we have seen with our own eyes?”

We have 2,000 years of tradition behind our belief and yet some of us have still not translated that into a living faith. I don’t have all the answers to many questions but I still believe that God raised Jesus from the dead that – way, this far down the road of history – I, Brother Daniel Thomas, a Dominican missionary in Africa in the 21st century can encounter this Risen Lord even if I have to say, with my name-sake, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” It doesn’t take much of a spark of faith to cause a great fire to get going in our lives. But we have to accept it not just once. But every day of our lives.

That’s why we go through this “Easter thing” for seventy days! Amen!

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