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Liturgical day: Wednesday 34th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 21,12-19): «People will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness». Jesus said to his disciples, «People will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to answer, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though you are hated by all for my name's sake, not a hair of your head will perish. Through perseverance you will possess your own selves».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus-prophet prepares us for the path. It was not the first time He warned us about the tribulations (misunderstandings, persecutions ...) that would come-and have come- over time. No one has ever been persecuted as Jesus Christ and his disciples! St. Paul himself persecuted us to death. But, "Trust me, I have overcome the world."

- Why does God allow so much persecution? Only He knows it, but we glimpse in it a great Love: how much Patience! How much Mercy! And this is how God overcomes the world. We can also do it: «By your perseverance you will secure your lives». Martyr’s blood, seed of Christians!