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.”
Brother will hand over brother
1. Be shrewd. You must learn to be shrewd in this life, to handle things carefully because, if not, you might be destroyed. Even when you do good things you might end up being ruined. That’s why you shouldn’t show off when you’re doing something, because the higher up you go, the more they’re going to look for you to bring you down. The more things you do for the glory of God, the more you are attacked or criticized.
2. Against you. There will always be people who do not like you. Even within the Church and in your family there might be people who you don’t like or that don’t like you. This is why your trust must be placed solely in God . You should always remember you are working for God and for His glory.
3. Your struggle. The strength of a disciple is found in prayer and in their constant dialogue with Jesus Christ. Don’t be afraid to struggle, and strive to do things for God. Purity of intention is knowing that you do everything for the greater glory of God. Remember, you are working for God and He will help you face any problems that might arise.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember: Heaven is our goal!