2 Kings 22:8-13, 23:1-3
Today’s Gospel holds a deep message of discernment for us. In this world where it is hard to know who to trust, who to believe and who to depend on, the Gospel message is clear. We should look to the actions of a person. The troubled times in which Matthew wrote of the Good News of Jesus, held as many challenges as our own. Like the first Christians, finding their way in a new world, we too, are finding our way in a time, strangely called ‘Covid Normal’. We continue to discern the best way to live in these times.
Two of the Saints given memorial status today, provide us with a clear example of faith in action. John Fisher and Thomas More were friends and colleagues and served the King of England, Henry VIII faithfully until the point where he wanted to change Church laws. Both defended their faith and gave their lives, executed because they would not give in to the whims of the King. Few of us may be called to make such a sacrifice but the daily decisions we make, many because of our faith, continue to give witness to the beliefs we hold. Our treatment of others and our fidelity in daily tasks will be the fruits by which we will be known, trusted, and loved.
Margaret Bentley is a Salesian Sister and is currently the Academic Manager at the English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) begun by the Passionists in 2014 to enable their students to learn English before continuing to the Novitiate or theological studies.