Today’s first reading from Wisdom 2 is sinister. The wicked plot to put to death the just one. When you read this, you will instantly be reminded of the passion and death of Jesus.
In the Gospel reading from John 7, Jesus continues to teach in the temple area, even though He knew that the Jews were plotting against Him. The people say, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.” He spoke openly, even though He knew of the coming persecution.
How often do we keep our mouths shut when we even suspect that it may result in persecution? How often do we not speak the truth openly because we’re afraid of what others may think, or it goes against the popular zeitgeist? As imitators of Jesus, we must be willing to speak openly, even if we know the result may be unpleasant. You think it was pleasant hanging on a cross?
Father, give us the courage we need to speak the truth openly, regardless of the cost. Amen.
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