13th July 2019 Saturday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
Genesis 49:29-32,50:15-26, Matthew 10:24-33
“Do not be afraid!”
“If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, what will they not say of his household?”
Jesus warns us that if we truly want to spread and live the Good News, we must expect rejection and persecutions too. Jesus Himself was called ‘Beelzebul’ and rejected for His teachings and way of life. In the face of suffering for the Gospel’s sake, we must imitate Jesus who did not exchange insults for insults or return violence for violence. Even when we try to do good to others, but in return, get hostility and unfriendliness, we must still not stop or give up. Rather, we must always go on and face the consequences that come with living His mission of love.
Question for reflection:
1) Have I experienced being misunderstood or rejected for my Christian faith and my values?