Here is today’s Gospel: ‘Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”’

Our Lady said to St Bernadette, ‘I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next’. This is perfectly in line with the Gospel passage, and with the experience of many Christians in the world today.

Let us pray that we ourselves will have the grace to stand firm under any kind of persecution, and may God bless you this day.