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Luke 21:12-19

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Jesus said to his disciples, "But before all this occurs, 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. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 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. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls."

Luke 21:12-19
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    • This picture of arrest and persecution seems remote from our experience: something hard to imagine happening to us. However most of us have known betrayal and unjust treatment at some point of our lives. Whether at school, or in the family, or at work, or with acquaintances, we have tasted hatred at some stage. If Jesus could face it, so can we. He tells us to be unsurprisable. It is not the end. You will survive. But do not let the experience quench your love or your faith.
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    • This picture of arrest and persecution seems remote from our experience: something hard to imagine happening to us. However most of us have known betrayal and unjust treatment at some point of our lives. Whether at school, or in the family, or at work, or with acquaintances, we have tasted hatred at some stage. If Jesus could face it, so can we. He tells us to be unsurprisable. It is not the end. You will survive. But do not let the experience quench your love or your faith.
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    • ‘You will be betrayed’ even by those close to you. When relationships fail, I know the truth of this warning. But do I believe that God is very close to me then, watching over ‘the hair of my head’? Does this help me to retain my equilibrium and integrity?
    • “Your endurance will gain you your souls.” I reflect on how I have dealt with adversity over the years. Have I grown through it? Perhaps I am more resilient now, knowing from experience that God is always working to bring good out of my troubles.
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    • Jesus warns his disciples that they would face persecution because of Him. Their witness to Him would bring about tension and separation from parents and family, friends and relations, and some of them would even be put to death. But Jesus assures them that their endurance will win their souls.
    • Jesus, help us to live in the here and now, to bear witness to you wherever we can. Not to fear but to trust in your loving care for us, and to stand up and be counted as followers of the Way
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    • Jesus does not promise that life will be easy for his disciples. What he does promise is that he will give us words and wisdom to hold fast to the Good News. This Good News includes the promise of our resurrection.
    • I pray: ‘Jesus, I admire your endurance. You put up with so much frustration and opposition; you were betrayed and put to death. Give me a share of that endurance, so that I may not crumble when things get tough!’