Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 20, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 4:13, 16-18
Psalm 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Our Lord tells us today that when we are brought before the authorities to answer for our faith in Christ, we are not to worry about what to say, because the Holy Spirit will be our guide.
Now in today's world most of us will never be dragged before the authorities on this account, unless we are living in one of the nations that do not support religious freedom. Be that as it may, there is still much to be learned here as we are all in some way called to answer for our faith, even in small ways.
I have often been amazed at how believers spoke when placed in the most terrible spot. Take the first martyr, Saint Stephen. He was a relatively new Christian and did not have the benefit of years of Christian teaching. But when faced with certain death, He spoke as powerfully as the Lord Himself. This has been repeated through the ages as believers have been tortured and killed for their beliefs and always they were able to speak with authority.
Do you find yourself confronted by friends, coworkers or even family who strongly question your beliefs? What is your response? As the Christ teaches today, it should come to us through the Holy Spirit as it has to others for ages.
- Don Claunch, SFO |
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