16TH NOVEMBER 2021
2 Mc 6:18-31
Psalm3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
In the first reading we hear of the story of faith, faith that encourage the respect and embrace of God. Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, and a respectable man in the society, was being forced to disown his faith but he stood to his ground to defend his faith even if it meant his death. His friends and colleagues encouraged him even to pretend to disown his faith, even that he did not do, rather he stood firm for God.
Eleazar said if he goes against his faith, even in pretense; many young people would think Eleazar had disowned his faith and that will destroy the faith of such young people. Love of God would not let him go astray. Love of God would not let him lead other people go astray. The questions to answer today will be:
1. Will I be able to stand firm in the face of adversity?
2. Will I be able to resist my friends who will try to convince me to pretend to abandon my faith?
3. Have I abandoned my faith in the face of social glamour, worldly praise and peer pressure?
4. Do I see my life as a source of inspiration for the many who look up to me?