Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests, the prophets, and all the people laid hold of him, crying, “You must die!” (Jeremiah 26:8)
Observation: In the explanation of Fortitude (Courage) above, it says that this gift affords us the ability to accept rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death. I haven’t noticed that before as much as I did today after I read what the priests, prophets, and all the people said to Jeremiah. I don’t know if my life has ever been threatened before, but I have certainly been rejected and had to put up with verbal abuse. Anyway, I am thinking now about how many times the priests wanted to put Jesus to death.
Personification: Gentleness I hope that no matter what happens to me today, I will always stand up for what God has told us, and never compromise my integrity, just because I think it is what I think other people want to hear. I will speak the truth in love with gentleness and courage.
Prayer: Lord, help me and my brothers and sisters in Christ who will read this today to live out your call to us as priest, prophet and king, just like Jeremiah and Jesus did. Saint Jeremiah, pray for us. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!