November 12, 2010
+ Saint Josephat, B., M.
Today’s feast is that of Saint Josephat, an Eastern Rite priest and bishop who was martyred by dissidents as he tried to bring unit to the Church in the sixteenth century.
The courageous successor to the Apostles preached and lived the teaching of Saint Paul who encouraged the Ephesians in these words:
I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy
Of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness,
With patience, bearing with one another through love, striving
To preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace:
One Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope
Of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and
Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
(Ephesians. 4: 1-7, 11-13)
Despite strong opposition from Eastern Orthodox Christians, Bishop Josephat continued to encourage his fellow Christians to return to unity under the Successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome.
His preaching and teaching eventually led to his death.
Daily life imposes challenges and difficulties which are nixing and hard to bear. Yet, they form part of the mystery of the Cross which each of us is called to carry as a follower of Christ.
May the example and intercession of Saint Josephat enable us to persevere in our efforts.