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Matthew 10:17-22

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.

Matthew 10:17-22
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    • Jesus knows well what the world is like. He alerts his disciples with sombre images about what may be ahead: they may be handed over, flogged, betrayed, hated and killed. But he gives another set of images to offset the first. They are not to worry; the Spirit of God will speak through them; those who endure will be saved. The prospects for the followers of Jesus are bleak. He calls for loyalty. He asks for trust – trust that the Father will inspire at the time of need. Families will be divided. Only endurance will be rewarded.
    • Lord, today we pray for those who are tormented in your name. Martyrs continue to lay down their lives for you, even today. There are also the more subtle trials that believers endure: scientific scorn, media distortion, opposition to faith perspectives. Give us the gift of endurance in all of this.
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    • Following Jesus is not easy. However, we should remember that he is always with us. C S Lewis once advised a friend: ‘Continue seeking God with seriousness. Unless he wanted you, you would not be wanting him.’
    • The following advice, attributed to St Teresa of Avila, says that endurance gains us everything: ‘Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing. God never changes. Patient endurance attains all things. God alone suffices.’
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    • It is a shock to read this Gospel immediately after Christmas. But this is the world into which Jesus comes. He does not retreat from it in fear or disgust. He will wrap it in his love, and that will be enough to save humankind. I ask for Jesus’ courage and love.
    • The three divine Persons are mentioned in this Gospel. They are busy about this world which they love. They stand with us and empower us. I can rely on them as I try to live out my calling as a disciple.
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    • Lord, I have not been dragged before governors or kings, but there have been social occasions when I felt like a sheep among wolves, and metaphorically flogged for my faith. When I am under pressure, do not forget me. See that I am given what I am to say and help me to be brave enough to say it.
    • From the first day of remembering the birth of Jesus, the church remembers the first martyr. Birth and death are intimately connected with Jesus. The word for the place he was born is the same as the word for the 'upper room' where he had the last supper. In many cribs depicting joy of heaven and earth at his birth, a cross is placed in the back. We know that the destiny of this child is for a cruel death. The upper room was also the place fop the coming of the Spirit. In all of life, birth, death and all in-between is the blessing of the Spirit. We can hold our hands open this day for the coming of the spirit at the coming of the Lord.
    • St Stephen, in the midst of his sufferings, placed his trust in God. Jesus' words may well have echoed in his ears: "When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say."
    • Wisdom, it is said, is making peace with the unchangeable. Do I make peace with any suffering that comes my way?
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    • Lord, I have not been dragged before governors or kings, but there have been social occasions when I felt like a sheep among wolves, and metaphorically flogged for my faith. When I am under pressure, do not forget me. See that I am given what I am to say and help me to be brave enough to say it.
    • From the first day of remembering the birth of Jesus, the church remembers the first martyr. Birth and death are intimately connected with Jesus. The word for the place he was born is the same as the word for the 'upper room' where he had the last supper. In many cribs depicting joy of heaven and earth at his birth, a cross is placed in the back. We know that the destiny of this child is for a cruel death. The upper room was also the place fop the coming of the Spirit. In all of life, birth, death and all in-between is the blessing of the Spirit. We can hold our hands open this day for the coming of the spirit at the coming of the Lord.
    • St Stephen, in the midst of his sufferings, placed his trust in God. Jesus' words may well have echoed in his ears: "When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say."
    • Wisdom, it is said, is making peace with the unchangeable. Do I make peace with any suffering that comes my way?
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    • Lord, I have not been dragged before governors or kings, but there have been social occasions when I felt like a sheep among wolves, and metaphorically flogged for my faith. When I am under pressure, do not forget me. See that I am given what I am to say and help me to be brave enough to say it.
    • From the first day of remembering the birth of Jesus, the church remembers the first martyr. Birth and death are intimately connected with Jesus. The word for the place he was born is the same as the word for the 'upper room' where he had the last supper. In many cribs depicting joy of heaven and earth at his birth, a cross is placed in the back. We know that the destiny of this child is for a cruel death. The upper room was also the place fop the coming of the Spirit. In all of life, birth, death and all in-between is the blessing of the Spirit. We can hold our hands open this day for the coming of the spirit at the coming of the Lord.
    • St Stephen, in the midst of his sufferings, placed his trust in God. Jesus' words may well have echoed in his ears: "When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say."
    • Wisdom, it is said, is making peace with the unchangeable. Do I make peace with any suffering that comes my way?
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    • Lord, I have not been dragged before governors or kings, but there have been social occasions when I felt like a sheep among wolves, and metaphorically flogged for my faith. When I am under pressure, do not forget me. See that I am given what I am to say and help me to be brave enough to say it.
    • From the first day of remembering the birth of Jesus, the church remembers the first martyr. Birth and death are intimately connected with Jesus. The word for the place he was born is the same as the word for the 'upper room' where he had the last supper. In many cribs depicting joy of heaven and earth at his birth, a cross is placed in the back. We know that the destiny of this child is for a cruel death. The upper room was also the place fop the coming of the Spirit. In all of life, birth, death and all in-between is the blessing of the Spirit. We can hold our hands open this day for the coming of the spirit at the coming of the Lord.
    • St Stephen, in the midst of his sufferings, placed his trust in God. Jesus' words may well have echoed in his ears: "When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say."
    • Wisdom, it is said, is making peace with the unchangeable. Do I make peace with any suffering that comes my way?