We are called to bear witness to Christ by loving those who hate us

Posted in homily by frtonys on November 24, 2021

In today’s Gospel Jesus discusses the cost of discipleship and tells his followers they will be hated for standing by the truth, for being different, for advocating justice, and because of their hunger and thirst for righteousness. Anyone determined to live according to the gospel message should be ready to be hated and persecuted. This is because the gospel message contradicts the way of the world and implies swimming against the tide.

Moreover, Jesus assures his disciples of grace, wisdom, and protection. He says those who persevere to the end will secure their lives. Their patience will lead to triumph. This great sense of assurance led the Apostle Paul to declare: “And therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he can guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:12).

How do we persevere and bear witness to Christ in the heat of hatred, persecution, humiliation, and discrimination? We may not get a chance to die for the Faith, we are invited to face a “living death” as outcasts in our contemporary materialistic, secular, agnostic, and atheistic society.

We are called to bear witness to Christ by loving those who hate us, by showing mercy and compassion to those who hurt us, by forgiving those who continue to offend us, and by continuing to keep Jesus’ word in our lives.

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