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Day 5: On Account of My Name

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Luke 21:12-19

12 “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Reflection:

A father, full of loving concern, talks to his son before college graduation, before he enters the “real world.”  As one who had gone through much, the father speaks of pitfalls to avoid, dreams worth following, and most importantly, faith to endure all challenges.  So, the same is here as Jesus explains and warns His disciples of the things to come, including persecution.  Yet, Jesus so wants them to know, “I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”  The truth is that the message of Christ stands in direct opposition to the values, standards and loves of this world.  And as we grow in the Lord, this message is proclaimed louder and stronger in our lives.  All on the account of the name of Christ, persecution whether physical, verbal, mental or moral, becomes a clearer reality as our lives bear greater testimony to Christ – His live, death and resurrection.

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

The name of Christ for which we may go through trials and tribulation, also gives life, faith and power to endure.  Let’s listen and heed the words of our Heavenly Father, “make up your mind not to worry beforehand” - don’t fear and worry about the troubles ahead.  Instead, stand firm in Christ and proclaim a “win” over life’s daily challenges and tough oppositions.  Know that He is with us and watches over us, and He gives us the words and wisdom that none of the adversaries of Christ will be able to resist or contradict.

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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Monday, June 14th, 2010

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