Tuesday 24 November 2020

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Ss Andrew Dung-Lac & Cc

Apocalypse 14:14-19. The Lord comes to judge the earth – Psalm 95(96):10-13. Luke 21:5-11.

Remembering the martyrs’ courage of faith

Today is the memorial of St Andrew Dung-Lac and the martyrs of Vietnam. Amid religious persecution in Vietnam in the 19th century, between 100,000 and 300,000 Catholics were killed, including Fr Andrew and other priests and lay people who refused to deny their faith.

In today’s Gospel reading, we hear of Jesus speaking about the destruction of the temple, and the coming of the end of all worldly things. ‘Do not be terrified’, Jesus tells his disciples, ‘for such things must happen first.’

It’s hard to imagine the horrors that these and other martyrs endured for their faith. Remembering them, and their courage and faith, helps remind us that God invites us into a life long beyond the end of our existence in this world. And that God will continue to share in our lives, even in the depths of our pain, in this passing world we live in now.

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