Psalm Reflection: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary time (Cycle B)

“Our souls are more than sated with mockery from the insolent, with contempt from the arrogant.” -Psalm 123:4

“If you have never been criticized, persecuted or ridiculed for your faith, then you’re probably doing something wrong.” Have you ever heard that saying? The first time I heard it, it seemed so strange to me: “why would God want me to experience life negatively?” However, Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Living the Christian life should not be divisive in how we treat others, but rather our life should be a testament to how Christ lived in such a way that demands a response. Often times that response will not be positive, because it challenges others to change or it brings their brokenness to the surface. However, this does not give us permission to be silent and comfortable. Learn how to share your testimony and do not be afraid to share what Jesus has done in your life. Be bold this week in sharing your faith with others, whether it is wearing a crucifix, making the sign of the cross and praying before meals, standing up for Catholicism if it is being ridiculed or joked about, or asking someone in line who looks like they’re having a bad day how you can pray for them. We are praying for you this week.

See you in the Eucharist.

Matt & Jenna are two Catholic best friends, youth ministers and worship leaders seeking to encourage, inspire & grow closer to Christ and His Church.