Thursday, November 26, 2009

Matthew 10:22 – Hated for My Names Sake

Matthew 10:22 – Hated for My Names Sake
and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Today’s words from Matthew tell us that the mission we are called to, as followers of Jesus, will bring suffering.

As followers of Jesus, the apostles were to go forth proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven was near. As part of this proclaiming they were, like him, to cure the sick, cleanse the lepers and cast out devils.

Matthew tells us how Jesus warned them that they would not do these things, as his followers, without paying the price themselves. They, like him, would suffer in his cause.

Lord Jesus, I know that as someone striving to follow you I, like the apostles, am called to mission and to suffer as I serve.
I pray for the grace to respond to your call to mission and for the grace to persevere with it.
SOURCE: Daily Prayer Online

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