Friday 14th Week of the Year
Not everyone will welcome the Good News of Jesus. May we never lose faith in him.
Yesterday we saw how Jesus
sent his disciples on a mission.
They soon learned that they could
depend on God for everything.
They experienced that dependence
in the generous hospitality of their hosts.
So today Jesus prepares those first missionaries of the Church
for the possibility that not all people will be as welcoming.
“No servant is greater than their master.”
Just as people rejected Jesus
so they too may experience rejection.
He said that even their families and friends
would persecute them as they did Jesus
in his hometown of Nazareth.
Remember they wanted to lead him
to the brow of the hill
and throw him over the cliff?
And like their Lord, they might experience trials before judges
and even be put to death because of their refusal
to take part in pagan sacrifices.
Today these persecutions continue
in families, businesses, and schools.
Families divide over religion.
We’ve heard of parents who divorce
because one spouse hates the Catholic Church
and will not allow the children to receive the Sacraments
or go to Church on Sunday.
Private businesses have gone to the Supreme Court
because their consciences would not allow them
to offer birth control to their employees
through the Affordable Health Care Act.
The list goes on and on.
The bottom line is – do right before God.
Do nothing to lose his honor
even if we lose our business, our family
or perhaps sometimes our life.
Let us pray for thousands of refugees
who have lost everything
through the persecution of Isis.
May the grace of so many martyrs be ours.