Prayer of the Day

Fifth Week of Easter

May 24th, 2014
"“If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too."" John 15 : 19

At the Last Supper Jesus told his disciples that they would suffer grievously for following him, and his prediction came to pass.  The early Christians were subjected to widespread persecution.   Down through the centuries the blood of the martyrs became the seed of the Church.    During the 20th century there were more people martyred for their faith than in any other previous century. Today around the world Christians suffer discrimination, imprisonment, harassment, sexual assault and expulsion for practising their faith.  Reuters reported that the cases of Christians dying for their faith doubled in 2013.    Pope Francis calls it the ecumenism of martyrdom because people are killed for wearing a cross or for having a Bible; before they kill they don’t ask if the person is Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran or Orthodox.  He said that “the sufferings endured by Christians during the last decades have made a unique contribution to the unity of Christian peoples.”  In our time, he went on to say that ” the blood of innumerable Christians has become the seed of unity. … It is a powerful call to continue walking the path of reconciliation among churches with decisiveness and trusting abandonment to the work of the Spirit.”

Prayer Let us pray with Pope Francis that the Holy Spirit will enlighten us and guide us to that deeply desired day when we can all share at the Eucharistic table. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen