Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In patientia (Lk. 21:19)


In today’s Gospel Jesus explains that in the last days his disciple will have to face terrible sufferings. Now, in various parts of the world, Christians are being persecuted in many ways. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, storms, etc., are very common nowadays. We often wonder is this a sign that the end of the world is approaching?

It may happen, but one thing we must remember, Jesus does not tell us to escape persecutions and calamities. Jesus teaches us to turn them into good opportunities to bear witness to him. Keep in mind that sufferings and tribulations are part of being a disciple of Jesus. But, we have to understand that we are not alone, Jesus is always with us and he helps us with his blessing and protection. Let our calm approach to the sufferings and trials in our life be a message to others that being a disciple of Jesus is something different from being a disciple of someone else. 

By Fr. Risco Batbual, SVD.

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