If they hated me…
When the time comes for persecution and proof, we need to renew faith in Christ.
Author: P. Fernando Pascual, L.C | Source: Catholic.net
They surprise the words of Christ in the Gospel: "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before you. (...) If They have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; If they have kept my word, they will also keep yours "(Jn 15.18 20).
The history of the Church, over the centuries, has been accompanied by those words. Thousands and thousands of our brothers, in so many places on the planet, have been hated and persecuted because they once hated and pursued Christ.
So, when the time comes for persecution and proof, we need to renew faith in Christ: His victory is our victory, his resurrection is also ours.
This does not take away the difficulty when the test arrives. No one likes to be pointed, insulted, despised, marginalized. In many moments, with false trails, with inhuman prisons, with executions. In others, as is the case in "democratic" countries, with white gloves and systematic contempt in the media or social networks.
The hatred of the world is still present, because the world obeys its lords, demons, darkness, and seeks the destruction of all who embrace the Love and mercy that comes from the Son of the Father.
Do not fear: The victory is of the Lamb. And also our: "What has won the victory over the world is our faith. Well, who is the one who beats the world, but who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? " (1Jn 5.4 5)
Before every new attack, in front of so many dangers, even of family and friends, the strength of God and the company of Good brothers allows us to move forward.
We unite thus to the immense multitude of all the saints, to all those who managed to overcome thanks to the gift of mercy that comes from a humble Teacher, who is the Lord of the world and history, the son of the Father and the son of the Virgin Mary.