By your Endurance – Luke 21:12-19 Reflection
As a Christian, I am sure that you constantly have your faith challenged in many ways. It could be how often we are reminded that reflecting on scripture has limited value because it is not proven history. Other more severe challenges are attending Church or the complex influence of spiritual angst and, worse, cruel direct persecution. These marks of attempting to live a saintly life may be visible to you. To humbly persevere in this type of suffering is included in the depth of what Jesus means by having a Cross to bear. In effect, successfully bearing the Cross is the best offense to all faith obstructions. By your endurance, hold faith firm, pray, and do not forget that God’s love conquers all, including keeping you safe from all harm. Beyond Jesus, we have numerous examples. For a prayer style that personally resonates I turn to St. John of the Cross. He endured significant trials but with confidence states; “The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.“
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Luke 21:12-19 – Scripture*
12 “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13 This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 You will be hated by all because of my name. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.
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Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
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