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Blessed be God my salvation! — Psalm 18:(see 47)
Mass Readings: Sirach 47:2-11 / Mark 6:14-29
Courage is a virtue often associated with bravery for overcoming obstacles. While such examples are numerous and important, courage on a daily basis in holding fast to one’s principles and beliefs is equally if not more significant. John the Baptist had the courage of his convictions. He knew and boldly proclaimed to King Herod that the leader’s relationship with Herodias was wrong, and he did not allow fear for his own person to cloud his words or judgment.
Contemporary life almost daily challenges us to stand against the tide of popular belief and even secular laws that threaten our Christian lifestyle. It won’t be easy; we will suffer pain, but maintaining the courage of our convictions will bring God’s grace and a place for ourselves in His Kingdom.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the courage to follow You unreservedly every day.
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