Freedom for Mission

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Catholic Church has always survived and grown under persecutions. It is said, “The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church.” In today’s Gospel Jesus tells, “Do not fear those who kill the body, but fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” (Mt. 10:28)

The Prophet Jeremiah is a great example of a courageous defender of truth. He spoke the truth boldly, and the people of Israel ridiculed him and plotted to kill him. But nothing could stop him from speaking out the truth. Jesus challenges his disciples in the Gospel, “What I say to you in the darkness speak in the light… proclaim on the housetops.” The resistance of the world does not excuse the Christian from living the faith publicly.

We are observing “Fortnight for Freedom” under the theme, “Freedom for Mission” from June 21 to July 4. Religious Freedom is a fundamental human right. When protected by law, religious freedom benefits the entire society by the Christian’s free witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. Be prepared to face insults and shame while taking a bold stand for Jesus and his Gospel message in today’s world.

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN