14 Aug 2020
MEMORIAL OF MAXIMILIAN KOLBE, PRIEST, MARTYR
Witness to the world

Many young Catholics may have had the opportunity to read the comic book “Soldier of God,” about the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, who was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. It begins: “This is a true story of a real flesh-and-blood hero of God.” Young readers were captivated, and most could not forget the images of Maximilian volunteering to take the place of a man who was selected to be killed. "Would I do that?" is an instinctive question when faced with such powerful witness. Not all are called to martyrdom, but each Christian commits to being an example of God's deep love and care for people, especially the most vulnerable. "How can I be God's witness?" is a good question to ask yourself each day.

Today's readings:

Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Matthew 19:3-12 (417).

“Live in your blood and grow like a plant in the field.”