The Catholic Calendar for Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Clement I, pope and martyr
St. Columban, abbot
Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest and martyr
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:
The readings of today focus on testimony. In the First Reading , King Belshazzar asks Daniel to explain the writing on the wall. In so doing Daniel had to give testimony to his beliefs. In the Gospel, Christ warns of the persecution that Christians will suffer and how they are to act at that time. In both instances the behavior of the persons involved presupposes a deep, steadfast faith. Christ closes, in fact, by highlighting the importance of perseverance.
Hardly a day goes by when each of us are asked in at least one, if not many ways, to 'speak' about our beliefs. We speak of our beliefs not just by our words, but also by our actions, our decisions, our choices of clothing, what we read, our choice of friends and how we live. In these ways we are reflecting who we really are. For the Christian, our role model is Christ. We base our speech and action on the example of Christ. The only way to know what Christ would want us to do is to study Christ, through prayer at which time we talk and listen to Christ, and to read and study scripture. It is also a help to read and study the lives of the saints to see how they modeled Christ.
To sit and wait for Christ to make a miracle for us when we are put to the test is a bit presumptuous. Being a Christian involves time and effort on our part. But when we are put to the test we will know how to respond, because when you really know someone you know how they would respond. This is where the perseverance comes in. We need to set aside time in every day to get to know Christ. What better way is there to use the time we have!
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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