Courage to know we are beloved
“In the world you will have trouble,” Jesus tell us in the translation of today’s Gospel we hear at Mass, “but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
Today we celebrate St. Charles Lwanga and his companions who were martyred between 1885 and 1887. We’ll never know, but it’s easy to imagine these words sounding in St. Charles’ heart, not only during his final moments but throughout his life.
In my morality class we discuss courage as being more than mere bravery, displayed during rare moments of life-threatening danger. Rather, courage is the daily strength to accept all that we are in the face of what threatens anything we are. This view of courage, borrowed from Paul Tillich, begins with knowing we are God’s beloved.
Through St. Charles Lwanga, Jesus calls us to accept ourselves and others as God’s daughters and sons despite the fear, anxiety, and self-doubt that threatens our living fully in God’s love.