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Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 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." 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.”

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

Today the Lord warns 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 criticize the religion while they live by “cheating”) usually become angry. 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.