READINGS for 2007-05-12
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” – John 15:18
P S A L M
R: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
G O S P E L
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Job 6-9
THE DANGER OF IGNORANCE AND BEING DIFFERENT
When Jesus speaks, he speaks in “black and white.” A person is either for him or against him. A person cannot serve God and money. And there is the world and there are the followers of Christ who don’t get along with each other. Jesus speaks clearly about persecutions that would haunt his followers. He never lured people into following him by making unrealistic promises. He spoke always the truth, because he is the Truth. The early Church faced many persecutions. First some Jewish authorities started it because they saw in the teachings of the Christians a threat to their religion. They persecuted the young Church, like young Saul (Paul), not because they were bad people, but because they were deeply religious people and could not understand that a crucified man could have been the Messiah. And to call him ‘Son of God’ was blasphemy for them. Also the Romans were not bad people when they persecuted Christians; they did not understand them and their teaching because they did not even try to know Christianity better. A Roman historian wrote that there are people “hated for their crimes, whom the mob call Christians.” Another Roman writer called them “a race of men who belong to a new and evil superstition.” The Roman government suspected them to be not loyal because they refused to offer incense to the statue of the emperor. Shallow knowledge and ignorance can lead to horrible injustices and suffering. Nonconformity is always suspect.
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