Reflection for Tuesday, August 29, 2006: 21st week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorHauser, Dick, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHauser, Richard J., S.J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T19:38:59Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T19:38:59Z
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US
dc.date.day29en_US
dc.date.daynameTuesdayen_US
dc.date.issued2006-08-29en_US
dc.date.monthAugusten_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 21en_US
dc.date.year2006en_US
dc.description.abstractMemorial of Martyrdom of John the Baptist||Today's memorial of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist prompts reflection on the reality of Christians today being persecuted for practicing faith. It is striking that in Matthew's gospel Jesus seems to assume that his followers would suffer opposition for following him. Two of the nine beatitudes reveal Jesus' attitude:||"Blest are those persecuted for holiness' sake; the reign of God is theirs. Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven."||We know that in the first three centuries of Christianity many Christians were martyred for their faith under the persecutions of the Roman emperors. But we may not know that martyrdom happens today also. I was startled to learn that even in my own religious order forty-six Jesuit brothers and priests had lost their lives in the service of the Gospel between 1973 and 2005.|I think we Christians often assume naively that faithfully following Jesus will spare us from persecution and suffering. But this is not what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches not that we will be spared persecution and suffering for practicing our faith but that we will be blessed in the midst of persecution. The beatitudes proclaim that God's presence and grace come when most needed. This presence is most needed in persecution.|Being a Christian in today's culture is not easy. Gospel values often conflict with dominant cultural values of materialism and individualism. When we choose fidelity to Gospel values of regular worship of God and being like Christ in selfless service to our neighbor, we may find ourselves being ridiculed by others as being simplistic and out-of-date. Even friends and family may level such criticism. Though this persecution does not threaten our life, it is real and it hurts. But hear the good news: these moments can become occasions for blessings, "Blest are you when they insult you because of me. . . ."|John the Baptist boldly called the Jews of his day to repentance and conversion. His message was disturbing. Many Jews repented. But not Herod. Rather than repent for living a sinful life Herod decided to kill the prophet proclaiming God's message; he beheaded John the Baptist.|And John was blest by God and is now a saint.|How comforting for us to recall Jesus' promise for following him even amid criticism and persecution, "Blest are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven."en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 426en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/53194
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dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitTheologyen_US
dc.program.unitVP for Academic Affairsen_US
dc.program.unitRectoren_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local12 Thessalonians 2:1-3a, 14-17en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 23:23-26en_US
dc.subject.otherMartyrdom of St. John the Baptisten_US
dc.subject.otherSt. John the Baptist, Martyrdomen_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, August 29, 2006: 21st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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