‘By your endurance you will gain your lives’. These are the final words of today’s Gospel, from St Luke. The ‘endurance’ has the sense of patience under difficulties, perseverance. It is a hardy virtue, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Whatever our difficulties may be today, let us ask for that precious gift of patient endurance, ‘until the end’. God loves us that much, that He will give it to us. May God bless you this day.