Our present pain is associated with our Christianity and with the mystery of our Passover (i.e., Easter). Our suffering is joined to the suffering of our Savior Jesus, “Man of Sorrows,” will turn out to be a blessing and salvation to us and to others. And the current challenges are faced with more faith, hope and prayer and solidarity and wisdom. Be brave in front of what you are facing, do not be afraid, you have deep roots in Iraq, do not give up for frustration and despair, confident that “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52) and evil does not last! You are the small mustard seed, the Lord will not let you fall. He is with you today, tomorrow and after tomorrow and forever.
-Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Sako to Mosul’s Christians
Let us all pray for Mosul’s Christians, that the Lord may be with them in their suffering.