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John 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples, "If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world--therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'Servants are not greater than their master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.

John 15:18-21
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    • ‘Hate’ may seem to be a strong word, to be overstating it a little. If everyone in my world is comfortable with me, could it be that my light has dimmed a little, that my salt has become less tangy? I pray that I may know when any resistance I cause in others is from my being a disciple and when it is purely my own.
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    • Jesus gives us advance warning of tough times. Which of us wants to be hated? Instead we want to be affirmed for what we are and for the choices we make. But he tells us that the experience of rejection is an opportunity for us to live his Passion in our own lives. In facing this, companionship with the suffering Christ strengthens us.
    • None of us can serve two masters. We are called to live an integrated life where our daily choices give expression to our discipleship and love of Jesus. We do not seek out suffering, but neither do we run from it when it is forced on us.
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    • Jesus wants a world in which love, friendship and inclusion prevail. But we find ourselves in a world of domination, corruption, revenge and exclusion. To have the courage to make right choices we must be firmly grounded in the friendship and support of Jesus.
    • None of us likes to be hated, but we are told not to expect an easy life in following Jesus. He doesn’t promise that we will be successful when we stand for the truth, but we are to be available, faithful and loving. The struggle to witness to the Gospel will deepen the companionship between Jesus and ourselves. ‘We are in this together.’
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    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.
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    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    Default
    • This talk about hatred is distasteful stuff, Lord, politically incorrect. But I have to admit that it rings true. It happens that good Christians are slandered and hated, for whatever reason. Then I need to remember how you were hated and kept your peace, and did not let your heart flame up in resentment.
    • Jesus wants our faith and our presence with him. The coming of the Trinity among us arises from the desire of God to invite us into belonging with them, and to know the mystery of God from the inside. We can say ‘yes' or ‘no' to that invitation. Our time of prayer is one way of saying ‘yes', and of opening ourselves to the divine energy in the world and inside each of us.
    • Not everyone accepts Jesus, which was his experience from the start. Opposition to him took him to death, and love took him from death to resurrection. Persecution and similar opposition is the experience of many of his followers. Goodness sometimes offends people; evil can seem for a while to be stronger than love, but the message of Jesus is that love conquers all.
    • I bring any aspect of my life in which I feel rejected or unappreciated before the Lord, considering whether myt treatment was because of my being a disciple. I stand beside Jesus who knows how I feel.
    • Having the last word and winning the argument do not appear to be temptations. I listen to Jesus and consider his words. I realise that he accepted that not everyone would follow in his way. I pray for the humility that I need.
    • Jesus recognised that not all of his words were kept; he did not try to indoctrinate, coerce or to force his word. I ask God to strengthen my faith, that I may do what I can and accept that it may be the choice of others whether to heed or not.
    • There is a way of being - 'the world' - that is not the way of God. I consider where I need to resist being attracted by this other way.