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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Jesus tells us in today's Gospel: "Your will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives."
Perseverance is only possible with prayer. We are weak and need help to persevere. God gives us this help when we pray. To persevere day in and day out with all the ordinary, humdrum things of our daily life is not easy. We get up, pray, work, eat, sleep, and repeat the same actions. When done with Christ, for Christ and in Christ, they become our salvation--"by you perseverance you will secure your lives."
When we persevere and do all with love, we will be saints!
The opening prayer for today's Sunday liturgy is: "Father of all that is good, keep us faithful in serving you, for to serve you is our lasting joy."