Friday, February 6, 2009
St. Paul Miki and Companions
Paul was a Japanese Jesuit martyred in Japan with twenty-five companions in Nagasaki on this day in 1527. We know that his companions were clergy, religious, and lay persons. They were suspended on crosses and killed by spears thrust through their hearts. After that Japan was closed to the rest of the world until 1865. The faith survived; Paul Miki said when dying, "I hope my blood might fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain."
the Gospel tells us how Herod thought that Jesus was John whom he had beheaded. Mark tells us the terrible story of the beheading of John. I will not repeat it here, but let us reflect on how much evil we can do and beg Jesus to purify our motives.