WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER
Luke 21, 12-19:
“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘They will lay hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and to prison, and they will make you appear before kings and governors for my sake. Thus you will have an opportunity to bear witness”.
How many believers throughout the centuries and from the beginning of the Church to our days have given their lives to be disciples of Jesus and to follow Him!
Many of these martyrs, followers of Jesus, we venerate today with the title of saints or blessed.
But there are many more anonymous Christians who have been and still are witnesses of Jesus in the midst of contradictions and difficulties. I have known and still know many young people who, because they are faithful to Jesus, are the cause of mockery, criticism and contempt.
I have known and I know also many other people who show me the way of fidelity and love for the Lord with admirable constancy and absolute dedication.
We have martyrs – which means witnesses – who accompany and encourage us in the cause of Jesus.
Let us be courageous and let us take advantage of every opportunity to bear witness to our faith in the Lord.
As in the early days of Christianity, the world today also needs witnesses.
Dare to be one of them.
Antonio Maria Sanjuan Marin, cmf