Seven Tortured Brothers and Their Mother

It’s important for us to keep suffering Christians, like Pastor Saeed, a prisoner in Iran, in our thoughts and prayers.

He and his family need us as much as we need and appreciate him for his courage through horrific trials.

But we too often forget that God is timeless.

When is the last time you thought about the seven tortured brothers and their mother from the book of 2 Maccabees?

Evangelical Christians are the most likely to point to Pastor Saeed’s need for prayer, but the least likely to see the Biblical example he’s following because this book is not in their tradition.

Here’s the first reading from our Catholic Liturgy today.

It’s incredible and so is our God.

2 Maccabees 7-2, 9-14

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.
One of the brothers, speaking for the others, said:
“What do you expect to achieve by questioning us?
We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors.”At the point of death he said:
“You accursed fiend, you are depriving us of this present life,
but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.
It is for his laws that we are dying.”After him the third suffered their cruel sport.
He put out his tongue at once when told to do so,
and bravely held out his hands, as he spoke these noble words:
“It was from Heaven that I received these;
for the sake of his laws I disdain them;
from him I hope to receive them again.”
Even the king and his attendants marveled at the young man’s courage,
because he regarded his sufferings as nothing.After he had died,
they tortured and maltreated the fourth brother in the same way.
When he was near death, he said,
“It is my choice to die at the hands of men
with the hope God gives of being raised up by him;
but for you, there will be no resurrection to life.”

Saeed Abedini is seen with his family.


2 Responses to “Seven Tortured Brothers and Their Mother”

  1. Don Schenk Says:

    What I think is strange is how multiculturalists push Hanukah in order to downgrade Christmas, yet what does Hanukah celebrate?
    Read First and Second Maccabees: Hanukah celebrates how the Jews refused to let the Pagans keep them from celebrating their religion.

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