Wednesday of the 34th Week
Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
Proper of the Saints, pg. 860
Preface pg. 456
“You are bad enough to provoke the Saints!” Such were the words of my mother when we kids misbehaved. She would also know what to say; if she were getting mad and did not want to swear, she would count to ten out loud. It worked much better if she counted slowly. My mom seemed to know what to say when it needed to be said, and our readings tell us not to worry about what needs to be said because God will give us the words.
In our first reading, Daniel knows what to say to the new King in Babylon, King Belshazzar, who desecrated the sacred vessels from the Temple, and words appeared on the wall, and Daniel was called to deceiver their meaning. Daniel had no fear in telling the King that his kingship would end as their neighboring enemy would overthrow him.
In our Gospel, the crowd is told that ship for believing in him, and astonishing it may be at the hands of family members. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, some may know firsthand suffering hardship at the expense of family members. The best words of advice from my mother were the saying, “Keep your chin up when in trouble it will keep the mouth closed.”
May we not fear what to say or what not to say, but persevere and trust God. The only way to eliminate fear is to trust in the one who can help us.