I believe most parents would want their children to succeed in life. To achieve this, most parents would make much effort to see that their children have got a good and comfortable home, good nutrition, the best education that they can afford, access to good learning facilities and equipment and much more. All these efforts and sacrifices are made in the hope that their children would gain an edge in the world.
But when it comes to matters concerning faith, what do parents do? Do they make much effort to ensure that their children receive good grounding in the faith? Also, if the faith is being challenged, there is persecution and the entire
family could be wiped out, how would parents advice or teach our kids? Would
we tell them to make a run for it and save themselves, reasoning that they are young and have
got lots of life ahead of them? Or would we be like that mother in
today's reading, who "was especially admirable and worthy of honourable
remembrance, for she watched the death of seven sons in the course of a
single day, and endured it resolutely because of her hopes in the Lord."
At the end of the day, we need to ask ourselves this:
Is faith in God so precious, so valuable, so important, that we are
willing to let our children and ourselves lose our lives so that we may
gain eternal life? Or have we become so attached to the ways of the
world that we are willing to compromise or abandon our faith, just for the sake of temporary riches and fame?