DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 21:12-19
Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel today, Jesus warns us that we will be confronted with wickedness, false teaching, persecution, as well as the temptation to renounce our faith when it is put to the test. The real enemy of us is Satan, the powerful leader of the fallen angels who rebelled against God. He tempts us through envy, deception, hatred, and fear to provoke hostility towards those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus also tells us that we do not need to fear those who would oppose us or treat us harshly for following the Lord Jesus. Not a hair on our heads will be destroyed. By our perseverance we will secure our lives.
Jesus tells us that if we endure to the end we will gain our lives. Endurance is an essential strength which He gives to us who put our trust in Him. It is the patience which never gives up hope, never yields to despair or hatred.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray that we can take a stand for our faith and witness to the truth and love of Christ. There Jesus Christ gives us strength and courage to face our daily challenges, contradictions, and temptations. Let’s lay down our lives for Christ and to bear witness to the joy and freedom of the Gospel.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You have redeemed the world by your atoning death on the cross. Fill us with joyful hope, courage, and boldness to witness the truth of Your love for sinners and Your victory over the powers of sin, Satan, and death, forever and ever. Amen.
At the Site of “Omah Petroek”, Karang Klethak, Yogya