Reading I: Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5
Responsorial: Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Gospel: Matthew 10: 7-15
More of the narrative section of Matthew's gospel follows today. Jesus is telling his disciples what life shall be like for the Christian. He predicts that they shall be hauled before kings and governors on account of proclaiming him, he says brother will betray brother and a child their parent, all for the sake of this new faith. "You will be hated by all men on account of my name."
This is as true today as it was 2000 years ago. Look around and see the way the world hates Jesus and all things Christian. And rejoice because it hates us. This is what Jesus said would happen. And he also urges us to stand firm. He says that the one who stands form to the end shall be saved. A lot of people are standing firm, more, many more than the politicians would like to admit. Why is this so, why does the church keep going after all the persecution and hatred levelled against it? Simply because Jesus calls us in our heart, he whispers our name and enough people respond to his call to keep the seeds of faith alive. The more the Church is persecuted the more it shall thrive!
As Edmund Campion said, "if it is of God, it shall not be defeated."