Week of 17 December 2018

When you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval

~ 1 Peter 2:20 ~

This does not mean walking around with eyes lowered, not saying a word and fleeing the company of others. At times, precisely because someone is free of selfishness, he or she can dare to disagree gently, to demand justice or to defend the weak before the powerful, even if it may harm his or her reputation. I am not saying that such humiliation is pleasant, for that would be masochism, but that it is a way of imitating Jesus and growing in union with him. This is incomprehensible on a purely natural level, and the world mocks any such notion. Instead, it is a grace to be sought in prayer…

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate 119-120

 

Lord,

when

humiliations

come,

help me

to know

that I

am following

in your

footsteps.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ