Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:12-19
My children often exclaim “What a time to be alive!” whenever I marvel at some new technology. It’s in good fun, a declaration of wonder and amusement.
Today’s Gospel has me exclaiming the same, but in a different context. Jesus warns us that as Christians we will be persecuted. This was true 2000 years ago, and just as true today as we witness the violence perpetrated against Christians throughout the world.
It’s sobering to know the truth of this scripture in our own time. But Jesus also gives us hope. If we can endure and persevere, we will receive the grace to face our trials, whether small or large. We can bear them with the knowledge, the hope, of our salvation through Jesus Christ. It is indeed a marvelous thing to have this joyful hope in the midst of our trials!
What can you do to respond with love when you are persecuted for your beliefs? Is it appropriate to say a prayer for your persecutor, or respond in kindness?
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your many graces that lighten our burdens and fill us with the hope and joy of salvation.
Copyright 2017 Maria Morera Johnson
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