Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday November 26, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 21:12-19

Gospel: Luke 21:12-19
(Jesus said to His disciples)  Before the end happens, however, They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
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Reflection:
A few months ago or even until now a radical and violent muslim group persecuted the minority Christians of Iraq and Syria. Whenever a Christian is identified this violent muslim group called  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) would paint the identified christian’s house with the Arabic letter N. This identifies the Christian as a follower of the MAN from Nazareth which is no other than Jesus Himself. Then they are asked to convert, flee or die by the sword. Hundreds even thousands of Christians died there for their fidelity to the faith.

Jesus in our gospel for this Wednesday talks about persecution. Jesus tells the disciples: They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name (Luke 21:12).  

Persecution is a reality for all of us followers of Jesus it comes to us in many forms such as through condemnation, isolation and the worst is death. Should we be troubled about being persecuted for our Catholic faith? Yes and No, yes; for the reason that we are humans we have fears and once we allow this fear (Such as fear of being persecuted for our faith) to dwell in our hearts this is torture. No because we have hope and faith in Jesus and this hope and faith in Jesus can conquer our fear of persecution. Our hope and faith in Jesus will even fuel us to face peacefully our persecutors even at the cost of our own lives. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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