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Reflection by Virginia A. Lieto
Today's Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
To be a true follower of Jesus is not always easy. Disciples of Jesus have been subject to persecution since Jesus walked the earth. Not much has changed throughout subsequent generations. In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns of upcoming persecutions and how we are to deal with them. “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say…For it will not be you who speak, but the Spirit of the Father speaking through you” (Mt 10:19-20). The Gospel is timeless. Therefore, how Jesus instructed the disciples of 2,000 years ago is the same for us today.
Have you ever experienced a conversation with someone who trashed the Catholic faith, only to hear words come out of your mouth in defense of the faith? Words that made you ask, “Who said that?” because you know they couldn’t have come from you? That was the Spirit of the Father speaking through you. I have experienced this phenomenon in my writing. I will write something from an apologetic perspective, only to re-read it later and think, “Wow Holy Spirit, You’re good!” So, do not fear. The next time someone speaks ill of Christ and/or His Church, just ask the Holy Spirit to set the person straight. Then stand back and watch Him at work, through you!
When confronted by someone who is intent on disrespecting God and His Church, how do you come to Christ’s defense?
Lord, Jesus, use me as Your vessel, to bring Your Truth to others. Let not their harsh words deter me. Use me to accomplish Your holy will. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Virginia A. Lieto
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