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Evangelise – “Make my name be known”, so says Jesus Christ

DAILY READINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – 23rd November, 2016
Reading 1, Revelation 15:1-4 Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 7-8, 9

“Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 ‘But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name 13 -and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, 15 because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 You will be hated universally on account of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 Your perseverance will win you your lives.”

Who was Jesus Christ speaking to?  He was speaking to his disciples.  He knew that he would be put to death and then they would attack his disciples.  He is preparing them for the time when all these things will come to pass.  He is assuring them that He would not desert them and that he would give them an eloquence and a wisdom that none of their opponents will be able to resist or contradict.

What I really like about this passage is that Jesus Christ will not leave us nor forsake us.  He is assuring us that we will not be alone and that He would be with us to defend us and that His Spirit would be with us as we proclaim His name.  He did not say that it would be easy for us to evangelise – to proclaim His name.  No, but what is important is that HE WOULD BE WITH US – HELPING US TO PROCLAIM HIS NAME.  That is the mission that we have received when we were BAPTISED.

For me personally, I see from this gospel, the very fact that CHRIST WILL BE WITH US  as we work for Him and for His glory.  He will put the words that we should speak in our mouth – He would give us an eloquence – Imagine, us speaking with an eloquence and with wisdom that none of our opponents will be able to resist or contradict.  So, why, my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, should we be afraid to speak of Jesus Christ and the coming of His Kingdom here on earth.

“16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 You will be hated universally on account of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 Your perseverance will win you your lives.”  What does these verses mean? It means that not everybody would believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, even in families and that we will be betrayed for the SAKE OF CHRIST JESUS – YES FOR HIS SAKE.  But when we believe in Christ and we fully well know that He is our Saviour and that many are languishing because they do not know HIM, then it is our duty, it is our mission to EVANGELISE AND MAKE HIM KNOWN, SO THAT OTHERS MAY ALSO BE SAVED BY ACCEPTING HIM.  For me to know Jesus Christ is to have that assurance that I will never be alone.  That the Son of the Living God will always be with me, guiding me and protecting me and helping me along the way to do His Holy Will. There are so many people who do feel alone, abandoned and persecuted.  So if these people are aware that they are not alone, that Jesus Christ is with them and that He being God will lead them and will be with them, they would begin to believe that God is a loving and caring God.  Many people are suffering and they do not know the meaning of suffering but when they come to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and begin to have an intimate relationship with Him, they will know that Christ Jesus alone is sufficient for each one of us.

He lives and reigns in our hearts.  Let us speak bravely about Him and His Kingdom – Just the way His Disciples did.  Let us proclaim His Kingdom here on earth.  Let us pray that Christ will reign on Earth and He does in Heaven.  Alleluia!

Lord Jesus Christ, anoint our lips that we may proclaim your Kingdom here on earth.  Thank you Jesus Christ for assuring us that we are not alone and that YOU ARE WITH US.  You also said that you need our hands, our feet, our eyes, our mouth, our whole being to PROCLAIM THAT YOU WILL BRING PEACE TO THOSE WHO ACCEPT YOU.  Amen!

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November 23, 2016 - Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Evangelisation, Persecution, Proclamation

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