Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be as clever as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard with people, for they will hand you over to their courts, and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, so that you may witness to them and the pagans. But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say, or how you are to say it; when the hours comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father, speaking through you.
Brother will hand over his brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, you will not have passed through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
The work of evangelization is not easy. As Christ disciples, we assumed a sheep personality that is humble and meek in character while proclaiming the gospel to the people in the community. Today’s community is difficult to evangelize because their values, beliefs and practices are getting away from that of the values prescribed in the teaching of the Bible. Worst many of them even doubted the existence of God because of so much attention to the worldly tendencies and desire that deliberately drag them into the ways of darkness.
Religious communities nowadays face a tremendous challenge of persecution like what happens to the faithful in some other countries of the world where Christian communities are harassed and dehumanized because of their faith unto Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, acts such as persecutions and the like should never be made a basis for desperation for God has promised to be with those who are experiencing hatred and persecution. Protection is with them every time and anywhere as Devine worker. Our love, faith and complete trust to the lord serve as our shield and helmet of salvation.