Gospel: Lk 21:12-19
Before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the synagogues and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to say, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though, because of my name, you will be hated by everyone, not a hair of your head will perish. By your patient endurance you will save your souls.
Jesus warns his own disciples. He speaks of abuse and persecution. “They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons…” However, he assures them not to fear or be anxious. When the time comes, they will know what to do and what to say. He will tell them what to say and how to answer. A promise that has been vindicated again and again. One thinks of, in our own time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Maximilian Kolbe, Bishop Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa and many others. Their memories are treasured and become an inspiration to all of us to follow their example. The constant challenge is to have the courage to be true to our Christian values whatever the cost. Let us not be surprised that our faith can create such anger, hostility, and total rejection. At the same time, we reach out continually in truth and mercy to bring healing and reconciliation among us. We must try hard to help people see where real truth and goodness lie. And we do that by seeking for that in our own lives. We are constantly invited to live out the wisdom which God gives and not out of fear and anxiety. Stay in touch with the depths, the Spirit who dwells within us in good and difficult times.
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