Thursday Thirtieth Week Ordinary Time
I love the legend of the Cherokee Indian Youth’s Rite of Passage. The story goes that a father takes his young son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him on a stump or rock alone all night. He is not to cry out for help to anyone. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. When the boy sees the glow of the morning sun through his blindfold, he can then take it off. It is then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him, and he has been there all night long. Our readings today talk about not being afraid or scared but being filled with great courage.
In our first reading St. Paul is trying to give the Ephesians courage by telling them, “Put on the armor of God so you will be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil.” Paul knows what it feels like to be courageous as he writes from his prison cell. We need to put on the armor of Christ.
In our Gospel, Jesus speaks quiet courageously as he is told by some Pharisees to run because Herod wants to kill him. Jesus says, “Tell that fox that I am not leaving until my work here is done, I have teaching to do and people to heal.” Jesus speaks boldly and he is not afraid for he needs to do the will of the Father.
Are we ready to be courageous today? There will be something that will happen that will shake our emotions our courage. It may be a disappointment, a temptation, but we need to be strong and be willing to stay strong. The Eucharist is given to us to help us be strong in Him, for he is sitting right by us.