Saturday 13 May 2023

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Our Lady of Fatima

Acts 16:1-10. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy – Psalm 99(100):1-3, 5. John 15:18-21.

Do not lose faith

Even though we are commanded to love others, Jesus reminds us that we won’t always be loved in return. If people hated Jesus, we can’t expect to be treated any differently. Jesus challenged the values and priorities of his society at the time which some people found challenging. It can be hard to hear someone criticise greed, selfishness, corruption, domination, and power, particularly when we seek security in those things. And so it is easier to persecute the messenger instead of examining one’s life and re-evaluating one’s priorities and values. But Jesus tells us this so that we do not lose faith and continue following Jesus in our own lives, even where it makes us unpopular or rejected. Can we bring these feelings of rejection, hatred or persecution before Jesus and let him examine and heal those hurts so we can continue to lovingly speak God’s truth and challenge exploitation, injustice and violence wherever we see it?

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