Wednesday 23 November 2022

About Today Readings

St Clement I; St Columban

Apocalypse 15:1-4. Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God – Psalm 97(98):1-3, 7-9. Luke 21:12-19.

If we stand firm eternal life will be ours

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus reminds his followers that they may well be persecuted. Before this he has been in dispute with the elders and leaders of the synagogue who have tried to catch him out in an act of blasphemy. These were the ‘gotcha’ questions of his life and times. They have asked him tricky questions, threatened as they are by the inclusiveness of his message of forgiveness and salvation for all. They are fearful that their religious authority may be exposed for what it is, hypocritical and self-serving. They wish to preserve their position in the top echelon of society. Jesus comforts those who follow him, telling them he will give them the wisdom and words they need when being confronted by adversaries. He promises that if they stand firm eternal life will be theirs.

Jesus calls out attitudes and behaviour that are not just, but he knows there is a price for his counter-cultural viewpoint. He knows he is risking his life. We, too, are called to be counter-cultural at times, calling out those structures and situations that demean or dismiss others. Sometimes we need to stand firmly together as a believing community, so the good words of Jesus empower and energise us into action for the ‘other’.

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