Gospel – November 27, 2019 – Luke 21:12-19
Jesus said to the crowd:
“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.”
As the Christian religion began its formation all Jesus was speaking of here was evident. For their beliefs they were torn from their homes; imprisoned, tortured and killed. Yet they persevered.
Today I’m reminded of stories I hear of how Christians die in non-Christian countries but they stand firm – persevere in their faith.
And now, in our own Christian country we are beginning to be persecuted. Jesus was foretelling our future along with the early Christians.
We’ve been shown the way by others. It is difficult.
Are we prepared to persevere?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…