2021 September 23 Thursday- UNITED IN THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST

Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel: Lk 9: 7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.” But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him.

UNITED IN THE SUFFERING OF CHRIST: Herod, after hearing all what was happening, was bothered. He could not understand who this person was. He had beheaded John and now could not understand this other person: could he be John or another? Due to this, he started seeking to see Jesus. He was threatened by the teachings of Jesus. Having killed John, would he be afraid to kill Jesus? As Christians, we are faced with challenges in the Gospel mission. One of the core challenges is persecution. As we celebrate the memorial in honour of St. Padre Pio, let us be courageous like he was, enduring humiliation from the stigmata. Following Christ means to share in His sufferings.

PRAYER: Lord help us to share in your suffering that we may also share your resurrection.