FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
34th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
November 25, 2020
WORD of the DAY
Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.By your perseverance you will secure your lives. (Luke 21: 12-19)
How shall I live this Word?
The texts presented in the liturgy of this last week of the Liturgical Year, both in the first reading from the Apocalypse and in the Gospel, seem to be marked by disaster. However, if we go deeper into the various passages, we realize that the Word tends to give birth to a strong faith in the light of a great and invincible trust. How many times do we happen to feel or even see living contrasts of mentality, behavior, and existential life choices that are heavily opposed to our belief. The context in which we live would like to make us slip, sometimes in a subtle way, out of an identity that is declared for Christ and His Gospel. It is precisely here that vigilance, perseverance, and trust are asked of us; here we are asked to continue to believe that God is stronger and continues to win so that good can triumph. It is a question of risking everything for Him, but with this basic certainty: “… not a hair of your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your life.” And it is like saying that if you persevere by clinging to Jesus as the founding power of all our expectation of salvation, if you let yourself be guided by His Spirit, nothing will be lost.
Today as I ponder in my heart, I ask the Lord to increase my confidence and serenity by overcoming all forms of discouragement and pessimism. Difficulties and trials are on the agenda because we are pilgrims on this earth. Lord, precisely because I am a Christian, help me to believe that nothing, absolutely nothing is only negative and will be lost, because You are the victor over all evil.
The voice of Pope Francis
Only trust in God can transform doubt into certainty, evil into good, the night into a radiant dawn.