Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10,16-23.
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”
Sheep Among Wolves
1) Be Careful: In this life, we should learn to be careful of how we handle things. There are some out there just waiting to see us fail. Even if you only do good things in this life, people may be jealous and work to see you persecuted. This is why you should try to be humble and not brag of your goodness or blessings; the more you have, the more some will attack.
2) Enemies: You will always have people who don’t like you, even within the Church community and our own families. This is why we need to trust in God and remember that His plan for us is better than any plan we may have for ourselves.
3) Your struggles: the strength of an apostle lies in prayer and constant dialogue with God. Don’t be afraid of fighting and striving to do things for God, everything you do is for the greater glory of God.
God bless you in the name of The Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
…and do not forget: Heaven is Our Goal!