Viva Cristo Rey!

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Jan 23, 2011
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A

José Luis Sánchez de Rio[1] (1913 – 1928) was martyred when he was 15 years old, and beatified in 2005 by Pope Benidict XVI.

José was born in Mexico and grew up in the time of persecution in Mexico, that led to many seminaries, convents, and churches being closed.  At twelve, José desired to stand under the flag of faithful Catholic Mexicans to fight against the Mosonic. Even thought his parents and the General rejected him because of his young age, he insisted and later was granted permission to join the force.

On February 5, 1928, José was arrested and imprisoned in the local church. While being imprisoned in the church, he could not stand seeing a bunch of roosters running around the church. “Look at this mess. This idiot has turned the church into a chicken coop!” He suddenly caught roosters and killed them. The commander was so angry at José’s act, he threatened the boy; however, José bravely responded, “The house of God is for praying, not for sheltering animals.”

We will meet again in heaven


After many times of trying either to threaten or to persuade José to denounce his Catholic faith, the commander gave an order to execute José around 11AM on February 10, 1928. Before being killed, José did not forget to remind the captain, “We will meet again in heaven.” José shouted when he was stabbed, “Viva Cristo Rey!” (Long live Christ the King).

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Dear Thiếu Nhi Thánh Thể, each time you go to church, please remember that there are many of your friends who do not have the right to worship God; many churches are turned into markets or clubs.

The Readings on the Third Sunday remind you of how the Light can be shone through your actions and words that you do for others. You are in the Light already, like José you can bring that Light to others by your good example in school and in your family.

Dear Lord, Blessed José deeply understood that the eternal life is far more valuable that this earthly one, and that it would be better to die than to reject you. Help us to understand the true value that we are pursuing in this life is nothing other than your will and eternal life. Amen.

Br. Huynhquảng


[1] Summarize from Brian O’Neel, 39 New Saints You Should Know (Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010), 102.

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