The persecuted: Homily for November 17, 2019, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Deacon's Bench | 11/17/2019 | Staff
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His name was Ramesh Raju.

He was a 40-year-old building contractor, husband and father who worked in Sri Lanka. Last Easter Sunday, Ramesh arrived at the Zion Evangelical Church in his neighborhood to join his family for services.

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He was in the church’s courtyard, when he noticed a man he didn’t recognize about to enter the church, wearing a large backpack.

He stopped him and asked what was in the bag. The man told him the bag held a video camera.

Ramesh

Ramesh told him that wasn’t allowed and asked him to leave.

They were the last words he spoke.

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Seconds later, the stranger detonated a bomb in the backpack.

Ramesh Raju died instantly. So did several children from the Sunday school who were the courtyard. But investigators say it could have been far worse if the man had actually entered the packed church, filled with about 500 people. Ramesh likely saved hundreds of lives.

End - Year - Magazines - Newspapers - Cable

As we near the end of the year, magazines and newspapers and cable TV shows will be reporting on the Person of the Year, the Story of the Year, the Trend of the Year.

How many will remember Sri Lanka or know the name of Ramesh Raju?

Attention

Attention must be paid.

It was horrific: that Easter Sunday, terrorists linked to ISIS set off six bombs that killed 259 people and injured 500. Three of the bomb sites were in churches, two of which were Catholic. The message and intent were unmistakable. This was a coordinated attack.

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And the primary targets, the majority of the victims, on Easter Sunday, were Christians.

Attention must be paid.

End - Calendar - Year - News - Stories

While the end of the calendar year brings us news stories about the great events of our time, the end of the liturgical year brings us this Gospel, and a reminder that the greatest events of history are yet to be. All we see and know...
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