Gospel: Mt 10: 16-23
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
GOD SENT ME HERE AHEAD OF YOU: At times Christians especially civil servants and traders among others, ask about how they ought to witness to their faith in the harsh environment in which they find themselves. While there is no already made response for every situation, yet we know that the Lord who sends us to be witness is aware of difficulty and he says: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves.” Just like He assured Jacob as he was going to Egypt, aware that we are not alone but accompanied and guided by the Holy Spirit, we are encouraged to go ahead and bear witness to the truth of the Gospel aware of where our real home is. Of course, as Christ assures us; “whoever endures to the end will be saved.”
PRAYER: We pray today for the courage to witness to Christ by our deeds and words.