Daily Gospel Reflection for November 25, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

Jesus concludes what is overall a very challenging teaching with some very hopeful words when he proclaims, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” After having taught those listening to him that they will be subjected to great trials, he teaches them the key to enduring the suffering to come.

I have run a few marathons in my life. And while I would never compare the run/walking of 26.2 miles to the persecution and martyrdom of the apostles, those races taught me important lessons about the role of perseverance in attaining a goal. What begins with enthusiasm and hope soon falls prey to the temptation to quit when pain and suffering kick in. How much easier it would be to simply stop, to quit the race, and to leave the running to more qualified bodies. Having persevered, how sweet is the sight of the finish line, regardless of how long it has taken you to get there!

Surely there were many times when Jesus’s followers wanted to quit, to walk away and leave the hard work of evangelism to others who were wiser, more holy, better able to withstand the persecution. Yet they persevered and the faith they taught has been passed down through the centuries to us today.

The next time I want to quit this “race”, proclaiming that the pain is too great, I will remember those words, “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

I want to secure that life forever with God in heaven. I pray for the grace and strength to persevere.

Ponder:

Have you ever been persecuted because of your faith in Jesus? How did you manage to persevere?

Pray:

Lord Jesus, you have given us the gifts we need to sustain the great challenges that come with being your follower. Help us to persevere in faith and love, until we rest in the sweet embrace of your arms at the end of this time of struggle and persecution.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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