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Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

[325] 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 / Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a / Mk 6:1-6

St. Paul would admonish us that we have not tried as hard as we should to avoid sin. If the martyrs could offer up their blood in fidelity, then can we not live virtuously in Christ? God loves us but this love does not mean that God tolerates everything we do or is pleased by the things we should do, but fail to do. The law of God should not be viewed as only a burden but also as an opportunity. We are tested precisely because God loves us and wants us to have an opportunity to demonstrate our love for him in return. If we are punished or find the tasks set before us arduous, it is so that our spiritual perfection might begin now. If God did not care about us, then he would have not bothered to give us his law or his Son. God calls us as his children and the family of God should be a place of healing, strengthening and support in holiness. This links up nicely with our psalm: “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” People who thought they knew Jesus, repudiated and conspired against him when he spoke in the synagogue. They should have had hearts open to the Lord and supportive of one another. Let us pray that when we meet the Lord, he will not be amazed at “our” lack of faith or poor discipleship.

St. Paul Miki and his 25 companions were stabbed to death with lances on Feb. 5, 1597, at the site that became known as “Martyrs’ Hill.” Pope Pius IX canonized the Martyrs of Nagasaki in 1862.

One Response

  1. Father Joe, you must write an apologetics book on the Catholic Church.
    Please let me know if yoiu will.

    FATHER JOE: I tried and the computer crashed with the notes. If I find the time, I will try to reconstruct it.

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