Reflection on Luke 21:12-19 ~
As a Christian I am sure that you constantly have your faith challenged in a number of ways. It could be as simple as being influenced that reading scripture is not current, going to Church is not necessary or a more complex influence such as spiritual angst, or direct persecution. These marks of attempting to live a saintly life may be visible to you. To silently bear witness to this suffering is the best offense. We must hold strong to prayer, never forgetting that God’s Love conquers all.
Luke 21 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 21-12-19.