Tuesday 21 February 2023

About Today Readings

St Peter Damian

Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11. Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you – Psalm 36(37):3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40. Mark 9:30-37.

Pray for all those who witness for God

Peter Damian is a saint for our Plenary times: he was a reformer, critical of clerical corruption and immorality, and he was often directed by the Pope of his day to address infringements of the vow of poverty. But being a good man, working for justice and being faithful to God, did not shield him from suffering. He was attacked by his enemies. We need to be careful not to think that just because I am God’s friend that I will not experience any hardships.

Indeed, it seems to be a common experience that a good person gets more flak than a lacklustre one. She or he acts as a lightning rod for God’s enemies. Have you had that experience? Let us pray for those who are in that unenviable position.

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