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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Be a Faithful and Courageous Witness


From a Commentary on Psalm 118 by Saint Ambrose, Bishop

"As there are many kinds of persecution, so there are many kinds of martyrdom.   


Every day you are 
a witness to Christ.  

A knight of Christ being tempted by the Spirit of Fornication
You were tempted by the spirit of fornication, 
but feared the coming judgment of Christ 
and did not want your purity 
of mind and body to be defiled:   
you are a martyr of Christ.  








Spirit of Avarice


You were tempted by 
the spirit of avarice
 to seize the property of a child 
and violate the rights of a defenseless widow, 
but remembered God’s law and 
saw your duty to give help, 
not act unjustly: 
you are a witness of Christ.   











Christ wants witnesses 
like this to stand ready, 


as Scripture says:  






Do justice for the orphan 



 










and 
defend the widow.   

















Spirit of Pride


You were tempted 
by the spirit of pride 

but saw the poor and the needy and looked 
with compassion on them, and 
loved humility rather than arrogance:   
you are a witness of Christ.   











What is more, your witness 
was not in word only but also in deed.  



Mother Teresa of Calcutta a True Witness of Christ... WE CAN BE ONE TOO!



Who can give greater witness 
than one who acknowledges 
that the Lord Jesus has come in the flesh  
and keeps the commandment of the Gospel?   




One who hears but does not act, 
denies Christ.   

Even if he acknowledges Him by his words, he denies Him by his deeds.   
How many will say to Christ: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy and cast out demons and work many miracles, all in your name?  

On that day He will say to them: Depart from me all you evildoers.  The true witness is one who bears witness to the commandments of the Lord Jesus and supports that witness by deeds.

 

How many hidden 
martyrs there are, bearing witness to Christ
each day 
and acknowledging 
Jesus as the Lord!   

The Apostle knew this kind of martyrdom, this faithful witness to Christ.  This is our boast, he said, the witness of our conscience.   





How many have borne witness in public 
but denied it in private!  


 Do not believe every spirit, he said, 
but know from their fruits whom you should believe.   



 


Be faithful and courageous 
when you are persecuted in public.   


Even in those unseen persecutions 
there are kings and governors, 
judges with terrible power.   
You have an example in the temptation 
endured by the Lord.



In another place we read:   

Do not let sin be king in your mortal body.   

You see the kings before whom you are made to stand, 
those who sit in judgment over sinners, 
where sin is in control.   
There are as many kings as there are sins and vices; 
it is before these kings that we are led 
and before these that we stand.    
These kings have their thrones in many hearts.   

But if anyone acknowledges Christ
he immediately makes a prisoner 
of this kind of king and 
casts him down from the throne of his own heart.   

How shall the devil maintain his throne
 in one who builds a throne 
for Christ in his heart?"

Taken from, The Liturgy of the Hours, according to the Roman Rite Catholic Book Publishing Corp.  New York 1975

Go to You Tube for a WITNESS OF FAITH that should blow you mind away...

 http://youtu.be/XJOJaFwxBeY



And I am certain that God, 
who began the good work within you, 
will continue his work until it is finally finished 
on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
                                                             Philippians 1:6