April 4th, Friday Fourth Week of Lent

The Cost of Living Our Faith

“So some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, ‘Is he not the one they are trying to kill?'”  John 7:25

In the first reading, the righteous person is being persecuted by the wicked. His goodness and faith are a reproach to them. They say, “He is obnoxious to us” and plot ways to destroy him. Similarly, in the gospel Jesus is a hunted man. The crowds seek him out for his life giving words and miraculous cures. But the religious authorities are hunting him for another reason, they want him dead.

To know you are on someone’s death list must be terrifying. And if you are on that list because of the good you are preaching or doing, it must be very disheartening. Oscar Romero experienced this in El Salvador. So did Sister Dorothy Stang in the Amazon Basin of Brazil. Yet they were not deterred from preaching and living the gospel even though it eventually cost them their lives. Is my living of the gospel costing me anything? If it is, what? If it isn’t, why not?

Jesus, Hunted One, give me courage to live my faith openly no matter what the cost.

Read: Wisdom 2:1, 12-22, Psalm 34: 17-21, 23, John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

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