September 20th: Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs
Gospel text Lk 9:23-26
Jesus said to all, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it."
Today we commit ourselves to pray especially for the Church in Korea born about two centuries ago, with the conversion of a group of lay people to Christianity, thanks to a contact with Jesuit priests in China. When, finally, a priest was able to travel from China to Korea - which was isolated from the outside - a community of 4,000 Catholics was found there, without any priest. A short time later, there were already 10,000, and a great persecution broke out. Several thousand Catholic Koreans were martyred giving their lives for the faith in Jesus.
- "God does not lose battles" ... Those martyrs now see from heaven how their country is one of the most fertile regions in terms of vocations: every year there are about 100,000 conversions.