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Luke 12:8-12

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Jesus said to the disciples, "And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."

Luke 12:8-12
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    • Fear alienates and disables people. It can be employed as an instrument of manipulation and it can lead to disintegration. Jesus is saying that the follower of Christ has nothing to fear. Disciples will be enabled by the Holy Spirit to speak out in the right way.
    • As I pray with you Lord, I thank you for your forgiveness when I have been disabled by fear. Your love can eliminate my fear. Over and over you tell me not to be afraid. Plant in me your spirit of courage so that I may speak clearly and confidently to others about your word.
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    • Jesus pledges his commitment to all those who are faithful to him. It is yet another incentive to remain a faithful witness to Christ Jesus and his message.
    • Not only does Jesus promise his constant presence in the lives of his faithful ones, but he also promises the help and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, especially in times of need. Is it a liberating feeling for me to know that I may always call upon the help of the Holy Spirit?
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    • In the Acts of the Apostles we see the openness and courage of the first Christians. Do I stand up for what is true and right?
    • The Holy Spirit works by gently prompting us to live and act as Jesus did. The time I give to Sacred Space pleases the Spirit. The Spirit then invites me to put into action what I learn in prayer.
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    • Jesus' words to his disciples are spoken in anticipation of conflict and persecution ahead.
    • When I read them, is my spontaneous response one of being encouraged and challenged or am I frightened and unnerved? Why do I react in this way?
    • What words of comfort are here for me?
    • Saint Luke is writing for Christians who encounter conflict and persecution as followers of Jesus. The words of Jesus at once challenge and console. They challenge us to remain loyal to him, to acknowledge him as Lord, no matter what suffering or derision that entails for us. They reassure us that we do not need to be clever or quick-witted in face of persecutors. We can trust the Holy Spirit to give us either the right words or (as in Jesus' Passion) the eloquent silence that will bear witness to Him.
    • Jesus is aware that some are downing him and mocking him, speaking evil of him. Others defend him and are on his side. Prayer is the time in the day of allowing ourselves be open to the Holy Spirit, the presence of God who guides and protects; the giver of wisdom. Times of prayer can help us to make good and right decisions.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus' words to his disciples are spoken in anticipation of conflict and persecution ahead.
    • When I read them, is my spontaneous response one of being encouraged and challenged or am I frightened and unnerved? Why do I react in this way?
    • What words of comfort are here for me?
    • Saint Luke is writing for Christians who encounter conflict and persecution as followers of Jesus. The words of Jesus at once challenge and console. They challenge us to remain loyal to him, to acknowledge him as Lord, no matter what suffering or derision that entails for us. They reassure us that we do not need to be clever or quick-witted in face of persecutors. We can trust the Holy Spirit to give us either the right words or (as in Jesus' Passion) the eloquent silence that will bear witness to Him.
    • Jesus is aware that some are downing him and mocking him, speaking evil of him. Others defend him and are on his side. Prayer is the time in the day of allowing ourselves be open to the Holy Spirit, the presence of God who guides and protects; the giver of wisdom. Times of prayer can help us to make good and right decisions.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus' words to his disciples are spoken in anticipation of conflict and persecution ahead.
    • When I read them, is my spontaneous response one of being encouraged and challenged or am I frightened and unnerved? Why do I react in this way?
    • What words of comfort are here for me?
    • Saint Luke is writing for Christians who encounter conflict and persecution as followers of Jesus. The words of Jesus at once challenge and console. They challenge us to remain loyal to him, to acknowledge him as Lord, no matter what suffering or derision that entails for us. They reassure us that we do not need to be clever or quick-witted in face of persecutors. We can trust the Holy Spirit to give us either the right words or (as in Jesus' Passion) the eloquent silence that will bear witness to Him.
    • Jesus is aware that some are downing him and mocking him, speaking evil of him. Others defend him and are on his side. Prayer is the time in the day of allowing ourselves be open to the Holy Spirit, the presence of God who guides and protects; the giver of wisdom. Times of prayer can help us to make good and right decisions.