November 24, 2021 Wednesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time-B ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC, PRIEST AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28

Psalm Daniel 3

Luke 21:12-19

You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven. Dan. 5:23

You will be hated by all because of my name.  Lk. 21:17

Lord, Daniel was exiled into a foreign culture that opposed worship of you. He was surrounded by people who did not live in obedience to your law. Despite the pressure to conform to pagan ways he maintained his faith in you. At the risk of his life he would not compromise himself. Lord, your children today are surrounded by a culture that increasingly defies the gospel values of obedience to, reverence of and faithfulness to your word. Your Church is a light in a dark world that proclaims the truth that you are the One God who has sent the Holy Spirit to lead us. I have too often kept silent in the face of a society that wants to separate itself from you.  Help me to be your witness where it is needed. Whether by word or example give me the grace to not compromise with those who want to wipe out faith in you. Lord, it’s so much easier to go with the flow and not make waves. Keep me committed to bearing your fruit in my family, parish and community. I surrender to your Holy Spirit to lead me.  St. Andrew Dung-Lac pray for us.  Amen.