One of today’s Saints of the Day is Omeljan Kove. He was a Ukranian born in 1884 and was martyred in 1944. He was arrested by the Gestapo in spring of 1943 for aiding the Jews. On 25 March 1944 he was burned to death in the ovens of the Majdanek Nazi death camp. He was beatified by John Paul II in June 2001.
When reflecting on the Saint of the Day, I always ask myself, especially when looking at martyrs, what I would do. I look back at Peter and the disciples who scattered and didn’t attempt to associate or help Jesus for fear of their lives. I realize that God knew that they would respond that way. From a talk I went to, it was brought up that Jesus told the Apostles to wait after he ascended. He wanted them to wait for the Holy Spirit before they could go teach the Gospel. The Apostles then went out and taught and were able to stand up for Jesus even if it meant giving up their lives. With the Holy Spirit, we are strengthened to do things than humans by themselves cannot do.
I urge you to pray today for the strength of the Holy Spirit and to ask to be clothed in spiritual armor so that you can defend Jesus in this secular world. Have a Blessed Day!