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Liturgical day: Friday 14th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 10,16-23): Jesus said to his disciples, «Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves». Jesus said to his disciples, «Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness to them and the pagans. But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you.

»Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today the Lord anticipates us that the apostle's path is not a "path of roses". The example and the word of the apostle awaken the consciences. But the "lazy ones" and the "shameless" (those who criticizes the religion while they live by “cheating”) usually bounce. Simple souls listen and thank; others, on the other hand, react against the apostle.

- If Jesus suffered it, why may not it happen to us?" Therefore, be careful not to cause fires (avoid arguments); let us be simple to put out fires (the joy that disarms). But in any case, "do not worry" because Jesus is not far.