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Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. — Psalm 68:33
Mass readings: Acts 19:1-8 / John 16:29-33
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells the disciples, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Throughout the centuries the world has been at odds with the Gospel. Jesus himself was crucified, but His resurrection shocked the boasting world. Persecution of Christians from the Church’s earliest days through our present century provides substantial evidence confirming the Lord’s prophecy of trouble in the world.
The blood of courageous martyrs has provided fertile soil for Church growth. Worldly kingdoms fall. The Church endures — even flourishes. Today’s early 20th-century Mexican martyrs, St. Christopher Magallanes and his companions, sacrificed their lives by persevering in ministry despite persecution. The fruit of their example is vibrant Catholicism in modern-day Mexico. Yes, Christ still overcomes the world!
Prayer: Lord, help us persevere courageously to do Your will, confident in Your ultimate victory.
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