May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071318.cfm

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.”

We are being hated today because of Christ. People are ridiculed, hated and martyred because they believe in Christ. But we must be fearless like the Apostles and speak the truth of God. He will give us the words you need to speak, are you willing to stand for Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your words are everlasting life for me. I trust that you will give me the words I need when I need them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

My mouth will declare your praise.

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