July 12, 2019

Jesus said to his apostles Behold I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues… This scripture passage relates the advice given to the disciples as they began their post resurrection ministry. They are told to have courage and not to worry, for the Spirit of the Father will speak through them; they will be hated, even suffer death for the sake of Christ (Mt 10:16-23).

The message forewarns us that those who speak the Word or minister with love in the name of Christ, will inevitably suffer persecution, often at the hands of those closest to us. Suffering, caused by betrayal, rejection or dishonesty, can hurt deeply and is sometimes referred to as bloodless or silent martyrdom. Being wise or shrewd in our response can transform our reactions into blessings if they are viewed in the light of God’s spirit. With prayer, a humble acceptance of loss of trust and honest ownership of our real feelings and reactions, initiates growth in the virtue of meekness, and a healing process that fosters identification with the suffering Christ.

At each Eucharist, Jesus unites with our sufferings. “…This is my body given up for you,” “…This is my blood poured out for you…” Saint Eymard writes Jesus could not resist praying to his Father to spare him the dregs {of the chalice of suffering}, but he added: Only as thy will is, not as mine is… He {Jesus} does not become impatient: he is the Lamb that is being slain and who allows himself to be slaughtered (The Eymard Library, Vol. 4, p.123).

Recall experiences in your life when “death to self” became a spiritually transforming moment.

Let Us Pray:

Father God, instruct, protect, and direct us in our pursuit of your kingdom. Help us to face the challenges of living a eucharistic life in a world filled with indifference and even hostility to your message. Show us how to love in the manner in which you love us and to accept the costs of that love as we minister in your name. We ask our prayer in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.