Wednesday, Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Rev 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3,7-9 Lk 21:12-19
DISCIPLESHIP – BEARING TESTIMONY NO MATTER WHAT
While there was an enthusiastic crowd to greet Jesus as he entered Jerusalem a week before his passion, he knew that this was not the day of his coronation. There would be a cross before there was to be a crown, as he had already told his disciples on a number of occasions. Jesus wept over this city, for he knew that as a result of its rejection of him as Messiah, a day of judgment was coming upon it. Though the disciples wished to know ‘the day and the hour’, he was more concerned with them knowing and trusting him, rather than knowing when that final day would come.
Jesus’ words to his disciples today pertain to the persecution of those who committed their life to him. He told them what they would need to know so that they could bear testimony to him and his gospel – that they will be brought before the religious and political rulers and be persecuted, and many of them would be put into prison because of their belief in him. This would be their time to bear testimony, to proclaim what they believed. But even in the face of such persecution, he exhorts them, “Make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourself. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” And he encourages them to endure to the end.
What Jesus told his disciples then, holds true for us today, because we are also to do the same – bear testimony to him and his gospel no matter what. Many of us might not face such direct persecution, but nonetheless, we have all experienced at some point that talking about Jesus is often unpopular and can feel like a persecution. Thus, undoubtedly, we will have our time to bear testimony, to tell others what we believe. Will we step up to the occasion? Will we courageously be his disciples?
Responsorial Psalm: Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God Almighty!
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