"By your perseverance you will secure your lives." The last sentence from today's gospel (Luke 21:19) gives us a lot of hope after the predictions of great natural disasters and human betrayal. In his homily for today, Fr. Eric Peters, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs,FL reminded us that through all the trials we may have to face, Jesus has gone before us to show us the way. Since Jesus has been persecuted, handed over, imprisoned and led before kings and governors, we too may have to follow. But we can do so in His strength and with His promise to give us wisdom in speaking.
Fr. Eric rightly pointed out to us that these conditions that we live in today are just the right conditions to make us saints. And that is the goal, that we become saints. As a follow up to this Sunday's gospel, next weekend we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. Holy Mother Church reminds us as we close the liturgical year that Christ is the King and has dominion over us and the whole world. Let us persevere then in running the race set before us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Bottom l to r Cindy Campbell, Marie Boros, Bill Gauthier, Msgr. George Cummings, Back row Barbara Strickland, Marlene Petellat, Lou Clini, Fr. Eric Peters, Pastor