Gospel Reflection for July 2, 2023 - Matthew 10:37-42
Almost forgot - beautiful piece. Thanks.
This reading, coming the Sunday prior to Tuesday's celebration of The Most Precious Blood, put me in the mind of martyrdom. Ireland accepted Christianity without bloodshed, so they underwent the "green martyrdom" on remote island monasteries. Rejection by family, explicitly caused by faith in Christ or not, frequently involve or invoke the phrase, "You're / He's / She's dead to me" on the part of the abandoning family members.
We cannot individually be called to physical, actual, martyrdom. That's not how it works. Remembering always that He will come like a thief in the night, we must remain open to it.
I think of Guadalajara, where a gentle friend will soon go to complete his final vows. They murdered the Archbishop there. Further north, Jesuits slaughtered in their own Church. Nicaragua cries out, again.
In the US our churches burn and our priests are imprisoned. Keep praying. Die for Christ in life, but be open.
I find in my particular Christian walk or service for the Lord,it seems Satan intentionally choses certain types of people to give me social issues,such as being talked about,being rejected,or being overlooked intentionally.I find,to avoid having a self destructive episode of temper,it's best I try to avoid these people.