Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr
“You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”
Hated? Nobody wants to be hated. We want to be liked by others, but today Jesus is telling us that we will be hated by others because we are His followers. But if you think about this, you can see that there are moments in life when others will make fun of you, ridicule you or even express a dislike of you because you go to church on Sunday, or you pray before your meal, or work to protect the unborn, to support your church, to ask for Communion and the anointing of the sick for your seriously ill relative. Maybe even for wearing a cross around your neck. Yes, this world may hate us for all these things, but if we endure to the end, we will be saved.