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Matthew 10:16-23

The Word of God

'See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 10:16-23
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    • The circumstances in which Jesus invites us to share the Good News and the obstacles we experience in doing this are very different today than they were in Jesus’ time.
    • To be with this reading in a prayerful way, name some of these difficulties you experience in being the best person you can be and speak to Jesus about them. Notice how gentle, how appreciative and grateful he is for your doing the best you can. Tell him how you feel about him being like this; it is likely that a part of you will relish it but that another part will resist it.
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    • Often we struggle with the opposition we face when we try to live an honest Christian life, and with the increasing duplicity that seems to surround us. So we do well to listen to Jesus' words about sheep among wolves, and the need to know how to be both wise and transparent. Jesus knows all this, yet he still sends us to take the Gospel to this difficult world. But he also promises us his assistance: he asks us not to worry!
    • This only makes sense if we are doing it 'because of him'. We are being his disciples, following him along the path he has already trod. I ask for the grace of fortitude until the end, for myself and for those who suffer for being witnesses to Jesus. I think especially of the Christians in the Middle East.
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    • I read and hear of Christians being regularly tortured and murdered around the world because of their faith. I must therefore expect opposition from those who oppose the gospel of the Lord.
    • Jesus expects us to live outside our comfort zone. He challenges us to defend our faith. Jesus says it as it is. No candy coloured floss here. I have to ask the Lord, ‘Am I willing to accept hardship in following you?’ Lord, please strengthen my faith and give me courage that I may not shrink back from doing your will.
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    • Jesus urges his apostles to persevere in face of the persecution and trials they will encounter while announcing the good news. He assures them that they need not worry for the power of the Spirit will be speaking through them.
    • Lord send forth your Holy Spirit when I feel weighed down by struggles and persecutions in my life. Help me to trust in the power of your Spirit, the very life of God within me which guides me into the ways of truth and love.
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    • Jesus teaches the Twelve how to persevere in times of persecution. He warns them that they will meet with hostility and hatred because of him, but they are to continue to bear witness to his values. The ultimate reassurance and promise of the Lord is that the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    • Just as Jesus was not abandoned by his Father in his hour of need, so too Christian believers are not abandoned in difficulty and persecution. Rather, the Spirit of God will enlighten and strengthen them. Lord, grant me also the courage and strength of your Spirit to persevere and to witness, especially in difficult times.
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    • What an assignment! Jesus’ disciples are to proclaim to the religious and secular powers of this world the basic message that a new order of things is drawing near. Inevitably, betrayal, persecution, imprisonment and torture will be their lot. Even so, they are to speak out boldly in all simplicity, confident in the Holy Spirit.
    • If we take a stand for our beliefs we may expect criticism even from our own families or from members of the Christian community. But we are not alone: we are spokespersons of the Spirit when we attend meetings and try to promote Gospel values.
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    • How often Jesus wishes me peace and tells me not to worry! He knows that there are things that weigh me down. I think of what they might be and listen to him speak to me of them.
    • The Spirit of God speaks through me: I try to keep that in mind as I accept the faith that God has in me.
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    • You are not trying to lure me with sweet promises, Lord. You guarantee persecution and hatred to those who follow you. You do not try to seduce us, as advertisers do, with promises of pleasure and success. If we are true to you, we will meet opposition and worse. Freedom from criticism belongs only to the bland and spineless, who say and do nothing, and keep their heads below the parapet.
    • Commitment to Jesus Christ is long-term. In difficult times his help will be there, and our convictions about him may lead to conflict even with those closest to us. We are compared to sheep - these find their way even among wolves if they follow the shepherd. We keep our eye on the Lord who guides our way.
    • How often Jesus wishes me peace and tells me not to worry! He knows that there are things that weigh me down. I think of what they might be and listen to him speak to me of them.
    • The Spirit of God speaks through me: I try to keep that in mind as I accept the faith that God has in me.