July 9, 2010
During these recent weekday Masses, Christianity has been speaking about what makes a true apostle, a genuine disciple. Today He continues with a rather sobering description of what one can expect if we become His followers.
All too often, reflecting the prevailing view of our culture, we expect everything to “go well” for us; we anticipate genuine success and an enduring popularity.
This, of course, is not true; such a view is unrealistic; it does not mirror reality. We know from our reflection on the Gospel, the Epistles of St. Paul and the lives of the saints that meeting and carrying the cross is an essential part of the life of any true follower of Jesus. Christianity Himself suffered and died at the hands of those who hated Him.
Can you and I expect anything less? We must, then, entrust ourselves to God and His Divine Providence. Whatever difficulties or sufferings come our way; we must understand them as opportunities to be joined to the sufferings of Jesus.
Rejection, ridicule, humiliation, calumnies, indifferentism, all kinds of moral and physical sufferings are sent to us so that we can learn to turn to Christianity and to see His help. Jesus will give us the necessary strength and Grace to persevere.
The virtues of fidelity, constancy, and perseverance will be given to us through the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.
May you and I remain faithful to Christianity, to the church and to the Gospel and, in doing so, be true apostles for the twenty-first century.