Thursday 7 November 2013

Wednesday of Week 33 Year 1

Most of us would be very protective towards our family and kids, and often we would do our best to provide a secure and happy home. Some would send their kids for lots of classes: music class, ballet, tuition (one after another), taekwondo, etc., hoping that their kids would benefit greatly from such classes and gain an edge in the world.

But if we are faced in a dangerous situation where our faith is being challenged and the entire family could be wiped out, how would we advice or teach our kids? Would we tell them to 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. Indeed she encouraged each of them in the language of their ancestors; filled with noble conviction, she reinforced her womanly argument with manly courage, saying to them, ‘I do not know how you appeared in my womb; it was not I who endowed you with breath and life, I had not the shaping of your every part. It is the creator of the world, ordaining the process of man’s birth and presiding over the origin of all things, who in his mercy will most surely give you back both breath and life, seeing that you now despise your own existence for the sake of his laws.’"

The question we need to ask ourselves is 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, and in doing so lose our soul?

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