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Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 21:12-19): “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony." Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

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, 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!