“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles.
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
REFLECTION: In the course of my pastoral ministry I am privileged to listen to stories of people being mistreated. It breaks my heart how horrific people can be to each other.
We are also in a time here in America, where tribalism is prevalent with the corresponding animosity towards ‘anyone not like me.’ Perhaps you are struggling with someone who isn’t treating you well? What do you do?
Be encouraged and endure. Though the conflict you are experiencing might not be related to your faith, this reading still applies.
Be encouraged that you are not alone. When you interact with the person you are in conflict with, invite the Holy Spirit to guide you. Lean heavily on God when situations become difficult.
Endure – never give up on trusting in God, believing that God is present and active.
And finally, share love in the face of hate.