Catholic mass readings
October 20 Saturday
I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all God’s holy people, have never failed to thank God for you and to remember you in my prayers. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people, and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power at work in Christ, the power which he exercised in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at his right hand, n heaven, far above every principality, ruling force, power or sovereignty, or any other name that can be named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet, and made him, as he is above all things, the head of the Church; which i his Body, the fullness of him who is filled, all in all.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, the Son of man will declare himself for him ،n the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who disowns me in the presence of human beings will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels. Everyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven, but no ُne who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.’
There is no place for fear in the heart of a Christian. One who has surrendered oneself totally to God becomes truly a fearless person. He is firmly convinced that Jesus through His Holy Spirit is with him to empower him, to protect him and to profess his faith. Many martyrs and saints tell amazing stories of their courage and power which came through their total trust in God and in his words. A person is a saint hero when he stands for his convictions, and a fool when he dies for his opinions. “Give us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we may fall for anything”Peter Marshall. Are we people of convictions or people of opinions?