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.”
A brother hands over a brother
1) Being shrewd. We must learn to be shrewd and careful otherwise you’re finished. Even when you do good things, you might end up being destroyed. Don’t reveal your game plan about what you do, because the higher you go, the more they will try to bring you down.
2) Against you. You’ll always find people who don’t like you. Even within the Church and the family there will be some people who will be against us. That is why your trust must be placed only in God remembering for whom you’re working and your goal.
3) Your struggles. An apostle’s strength is in prayer; in that constant dialogue with God. Don’t be afraid to fight and strive to do things for God. Righteousness of intention is that struggle of knowing that you are doing everything for God’s greater glory.
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Remember, heaven is our goal !