St John Ogilve SJ

Today is Tuesday 10 March, the feast of St John Ogilvie SJ, in the second week of Lent.

Maldwyn Davies sings Comfort Ye My People, from Handel’s Messiah.

Today’s reading is from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians

St Paul, writing to the young Church at Corinth, shows how suffering and consolation are linked, and part of our life in Christ. We hear Paul using the word ‘consolation’ many times in this passage. What does the word consolation mean to you?

As we are joined to Christ – part of his body – we experience both the death and resurrection of Jesus in our lives. Though we may suffer, we also have hope, because Jesus is present with us, whatever happens. In what ways do you know this to be true in your own life? Whom have you shared suffering and consolation with?

The Scottish Jesuit martyr St John Ogilvie, whom the church remembers today, died courageously proclaiming the Catholic faith. He knew the consolation of Christ in the midst of great suffering, and it enabled him to remain faithful. How does his story impact your faith?

As you listen again ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to someone to whom you can offer the comfort and hope of Jesus.

Finally, spend some moments praying for those who are persecuted for their faith.