Reflection on Matthew 10:17-22 ~
When distractions arrive in or around me, my own opinion will often show rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through me. I have noticed that the truth of the situation does not come out clear and my insufficient words offer no help for the person or people I am with. Identifying and becoming aware of my weakness of paying attention to distractions is slowly allowing me to tamp them down so the Spirit can speak. Believing means we must be present for others, even in the worst of our own times.
Matthew 10 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19 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; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22 and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 10:17-22.