November 24 – Saturday
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Gospel: LK 20:27-40
How easy it is for religious people to waste time and energy in spurious debates that neither advance the cause of the Gospel nor shed any light on real-life issues. Yet they can become a distraction from our real tasks as Christians. Like the Sadducees in today’s gospel reading we can easily find ourselves caught up in endless discussions on minor points of the liturgy or of Church law, without realising we are wasting precious time and perhaps creating needless division.
Today’s saint, Andrew Dung-Lac, was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. In our times too, all over the world, many still suffer persecution, and even pay the ultimate price of their liberty and life, because of their religious beliefs.
Dear Lord, we pray for all Christians who are under persecutions that they may find strength in the martyrs of other times and in our solidarity. Amen