PDI Moment by Fr Jerry Orbos SVD

Jesus tells us that rejection is part of a mission. “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.” Consider it a privilege when you experience rejection, persecution, oppression, or being misjudged or misunderstood in any way. We take courage from the words of our Master who said that we are blessed when we are insulted or persecuted because of Him.

Life is just leased to us by God. No one has the right to take life away from us. “Vintage time” is reserved for God alone. It is He and He alone who decides when and whom to harvest.

Psalm 146 tells us to focus on and trust the Lord as we go through this valley of tears and fears: “Put no trust in princes, in mortal men in whom there is no help. Take their breath, they return to clay and their plans that day come to nothing.” Let God be God, let man be man.

After Jesus died on the cross, the disciples disbanded and were gripped with fear. And it was the Blessed Mother who rallied them to regroup, and reminded them of their original vision and mission. It is our Blessed Mother who calls us again, especially during these trying times, to be strong, to be steadfast, and not to lose hope. Our Mother tells us today: “I am here. I am your Mother. Do not fear. I am near.”

Think about this: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

A moment with the Lord

Lord, help us to be strong and courageous especially when we are rejected or persecuted. Amen.

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