THE FIRST HOLY MARTYRS OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH, JUNE 30, 2020
A Reading from the book to the Romans 8:31B-39
Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
REFLECTION: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Day 800 of the pandemic. Or at least if feels like it.
By now the disease has spread extremely rapidly among the population. And those who used to be statistics, just another number, have become our acquaintances, friends, and close family members.
It's sometimes strange to think that it's possible that every time I go to the supermarket I might be taking my life into my own hands.
What has covid done for me? for my family?
There are no school or after-school activities. No football, baseball, or professional sports. No movie theaters. No bars. Lots of restrictions on outdoor eating. Basically every distraction there could be has been removed between God and us.
There is, of course, increased violence, and other heinous acts that have not left society at large. But, what has happened personally to you? to me?
It has brought us closer to God.
Now we have more time to read, pray, and help others that are in dire needs.
We read to learn about our faith. We pray, not in complete panic for our lives, but in total surrender to the will of God. We reach and help others that truly need us today.
Through the readings in the last few days, God has told us that sufferings are part of life. And perseverance is not assured. So we need to continue to supplicate God never to let go of us.
By doing this, physical death will only be that. And one day we will be surrounded in His glory.
June is almost over. But it is not too late to consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To give all of us to Him. So He can give us eternal life.
The prayer to the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be found HERE.