Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for Nov. 13, 2016

When the world says 'give up,' God whispers 'keep trying'

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

The Gospel for this weekend concludes with these words: “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (Lk. 21:19)

In mid-October we had readings on persistence. Here it is mid-November and the Gospel message is on perseverance. Is there not a common thread in these mid-month messages?

We are nearing the end of another liturgical year. Ordinary Time has a message as important as special liturgical seasons but may not be as perceptible. Our task in life is to share our experience of strength in and hope for Christ's love and salvation. With another liturgical year concluding, I might ask how persistent and persevering in faith have I been?  What has been my personal experience of God in prayer?  What is the hope that I can share with those in my life?

“By your perseverance you will secure your lives." What is this message from Luke's Gospel calling us to do and be?


Since I have these scriptures, I look forward each week to read them. I truly like them. Thank you for sending.

"When the world says 'give up,' God whispers 'keep trying'"
We need more than a whisper today.


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