Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (23rd November, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Clement I, Pp.M., Saint Columban, Abb)
Rev 15:1-4;Ps 97:1-3.7-9. (R. Rev 15:3);
Topic: Although tough.
In today’s gospel, Jesus said to His disciples, “...they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.” He also said to them, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name.”
Whenever many read or hear these words of Jesus, they judge them as something addressed to the people of old. However, when we read or hear the ones we like, we claim them as addressed to us. This is ridiculous. We must avoid deceiving ourselves. The words of Jesus are true for every age.
Although these words are really scaring but Jesus did not stop there. He assures us, “So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.” Again, “But not a hair of your head will perish.” We also read, “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matt 10:30, cf. Lk 12:7).
Brothers and sisters, we must prepare our minds for the journey. We must also shun all the false promises being made here and there all in the name of Jesus. The assurance we received from Jesus Christ is salvation and certainly that is the ultimate, cf. Matt 16:26; Lk 21:19.
Bible Reading: 1Pt 4:12-19.
Thought for today: We must endure.
Let us pray: Lord, give us every grace that will enable us accept the realities of our call – Amen.
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