The stories of the martyrs thrills me.
The Coptic martyrs from May 26 were on pilgrimage - what a wonderful sign that is. We always look for signs - what better sign can we have? Look at the crosses in the photo at top. That is our sign.
Today's Gospel, read in consideration of the martyrs and their going out to meet our Lord, is deeply moving for me.
"I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They belonged to you, and you gave them to me,
and they have kept your word.
Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
because the words you gave to me I have given to them,
and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you,
and they have believed that you sent me." - Jn 17: 1-11
Blessed day by day be the Lord,
who bears our burdens; God, who is our salvation.
God is a saving God for us;
the LORD, my Lord, controls the passageways of death. - Ps 68
Prayers for the families and survivors.
Prayers for those who will be called next.
God is a saving God for us.