July 14, 2017 – FRIDAY, 14TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin / St. Camillus de Lellis
Priest and Religious Founder
Gn 46: 1 - 7, 28- 30 / Mt 10: 16- 23
St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 -1680), daughter of a Mohawk warrior, dedicated her life to prayer, penance and the care of the sick and aged. She is called the "Lily of the Mohawks."
St. Camillus de Lellis (1550 - 1614), of a noble Italian family, founded the
Order of Ministers of the Sick (Camillians) which received papal approval in 1586.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 10: 16- 23
Jesus said, "Look. I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness to them and the pagans.
"But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you,
"Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved.
"When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
In the Gospel reading Jesus forewarns his disciples about the cost of discipleship: As followers of Jesus and witnesses to Christ and his message, they would be hated, arrested, brought to trial, persecuted and even put to death because they were followers of and believers in Jesus. Jesus assured them of God's help.
Indeed from the beginning the Apostles and the Christians were hated, arrested and persecuted and even put to death because they were Christians.
The Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6: 8- 15; 7: 1 -60) tells us about St. Stephen, the first martyr for Christ, who died in witness of his faith in the Lord Jesus. The Greek word martyr originally meant witness: today we call martyrs those who suffered or died for what they believed or stood for. All of us are called to be "martyrs," witnesses to Jesus. As witnesses we should be ready to be ridiculed and hated, persecuted and even put to death: with God's grace and the assistance of the Holy Spirit, may we remain faithful witnesses, "martyrs."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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