Last Friday, the Mass readings included one of my favorite stories about Jesus’ apostles. It comes after they were brought before the Sanhedrin and ordered to stop preaching and teaching about Jesus.
“After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them. So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” Acts 5:40-41
The Apostles rejoiced that they were worthy to suffer for Christ’s name.
Many times in our country, it feels like you can be anything under the sun, except Catholic. We’re met with indifference, disgust, contempt, and hostility. The country founded on Christian ideals as one nation under God, seems to be fading from view. American Catholics are “strangers in a strange land.”
It’s easy to reminisce about the way things used to be, or wish that times were just different. But, as Gandalf the Grey says, “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
These are the times we live in. How will we respond? Will we shy away and retreat, or will we stand our ground, and rejoice in suffering for the name of Jesus Christ?
Be the Men.