Ordinary 32 – Do you believe in the Resurrection? This belief gave the Jews courage in persecution. It strengthened Christians in Rome and Japan. It changed Fr. John Tourangeau’s life. Belief in the resurrection helps us serve God faithfully today.
This week the Christians in Mosul were forced to leave their homes. They were given the choice of converting to Islam, paying a punitive protection tax, or being killed. They chose to leave, and as they were leaving the city they were robbed of their money and possessions. But they triumphed, because they escaped with the pearl of great price, which is their faith.
This week, Meriam Ibrahim was allowed to leave Sudan. She was even able to meet with the Pope. It is a sign that if you hold on tightly to your faith, God will make everything else work out.