Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco, gave an 11-minute homily on Sunday, October 17. He first cited feasts of martyrs of this week – Ignatius of Antioch, Luke, the North American Martyrs, John Paul II who suffered with Parkinson’s until the end of his papacy.

Most of the homily dwelt on our need to suffer here on earth

He mentioned Jesus’s favorite apostles – Peter, James, and John. 11 of the 12 apostles were martyred. James was the first apostle to be martyred. The only one not a martyr was John.

In the reading of the day James and John ask to be prominent in his kingdom.

“Jesus was patient with them. He said, ‘Can you drink the cup of suffering and sacrifice that I will drink?’ You know what they said? They said, ‘We can.'”