RORATE CÆLI: Nun: The Sign of Genocide. Posted by New Catholic:
“They mean it as a mark of shame, we must then wear it as a mark of hope: Yes, we are in the army of the Resurrected Nazarene, the Master and Lord of the Universe, the Man who is God Almighty, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. You may kill our brethren and expel them, but we Christians will never go away.”
Likewise Jesus said, “Take up your cross daily and follow me.”
We have tamed the cross, a generally horrific means of execution and the specific means of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and God the Father’s own Son. We wear our crosses as jewelry and as bling; we place them on our walls as decorations. We do so, not to diminish the suffering and death of our Lord, but to celebrate the life and resurrection which Jesus has secured for us by his own death.
Yet the persecution and elimination of the disciples in historic Ninevah, modern Mosul, together with believers of other religions, is profoundly sad and dark.
What does such persecution bring to the Church Catholic? It is the opportunity to remember the cost which Jesus paid to give me his life. It is further the opportunity to ask what am I doing with that life that he gave me–both my physical breath, and my spiritual vigor.
I have entitled this blog, Engaging the Adventure, in no small part because I am convinced that God did not give us the Gospel so that we might have a little rest and quiet on Sunday mornings before breakfast. Rather the Gospel of Jesus Christ is designed to be a robust adventure, requiring that we surrender all and live all by faith and strengthened by the Spirit of Christ in us. This is not to be some quaint entertainment, but a call to live on the Rock in the face of storms brought by the evil one. This persecution in Mosul is nothing less than the storms of hell–yet, Jesus promised Peter and each of us today, “the gates of hell will not prevail” (Matthew 16:18).
We must pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East and elsewhere, who risk their lives for the Gospel. We must pray for our brothers and sisters from Mosul, that they would see God’s promises fulfilled in their lives. We must also pray for the Church in the West, that we not succumb to the gentle breezes that quiet our faith and calm our passion for the Lord. We must pray that the Holy Spirit anoint us and stir us up to be strong and vibrant in the Lord. We must not despair, but stand firm, always proclaiming that Jesus remains forever our King and our God.