November 16, 2013
33rd Sunday - C
It Depends on How We Take It
Will suffering happen? Yes
Will there be tragedies? Yes
How about persecution? Yes
Jesus lists them all: wars, insurrections, earthquakes, famines, plagues, awesome sights and mighty signs. For his followers, He then adds arrest, persecution, prisons, hatred, and even death.
We can be live in fear.
Or we can see all of these in the way of Jesus. “It will lead to your giving testimony.” It is in moments of trials, sufferings, and persecution that Jesus’ followers can be witnesses to who Jesus is and what he has done.
Wasn’t the cross the fulfilment of God’s plan of salvation for the human race? Wasn’t it the culmination of God’s love?
And Jesus affirms us that we are never alone. “I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking….” And “Not a hair on your head will be destroyed.”