In today’s first reading, we see the end of the story of Joseph in Genesis 49 and 50. After Jacob had died, Joseph’s brothers were still afraid that Joseph might exact revenge on them for what they had done to him. But Joseph had no such plans. And he reassures them that he forgives them, and will take care of them for the rest of his life. An awesome example of love and forgiveness.
In the Gospel reading today from Matthew 10, Jesus finishes giving His marching orders to the Apostles as He sends them out. And his final words are ones that we must be sure we heed. “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Have you ever had a situation where you could readily share the fact that you are a Christian, but didn’t? Maybe because it would have been embarrassing, inconvenient or whatever. It’s an easy fact to avoid these days, especially if you hold to the true definition of marriage. People will try to belittle, marginalize and embarrass you. That’s why we need to read Jesus’ words again! And remember…we have nothing to be ashamed of. We should proclaim it loud and proud. Jesus is Lord!!
Father, give us the courage to always acknowledge your Son, even in the most difficult circumstances. Amen.