The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Red Wednesday, 23 November 2022 Revelation 15:1-4 ><000'> + ><000'> + ><000'> Luke 21:12-19
Today, O Lord Jesus Christ, we join your whole Church in observing "Red Wednesday" to voice our concern and make our stand against the persecution of Christians and all faiths globally that sadly remain unnoticed.
According to the Pew Research Centre, "Christians suffer persecution - from harassment to murder - in more countries than any other faith group. What a disturbing fact that too often we thought have ended many centuries ago!
You have warned us about this persecution a long time ago while still here on earth; it had never stopped but simply persisted maybe partly because many of us have chosen to be silent and deaf to its realities especially where Christians are a minority.
Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”Luke 21:12-13, 19
No action, no contribution, no prayer is too small for each of us to make a difference this year in supporting our persecuted brothers and sisters and most of all, in putting an end to this kind of hatred and violence simply because of faith and belief in you our God!
We pray that one day. we will finally sing face to face with you Lord Jesus Christ in heaven the hymn of praise and adoration John saw in his vision those "who had won the victory over the beast"; enable us to make the right choices like them on this Red Wednesday to both pray and act for the suffering members of your Body, the Church. Amen.