Sunday, November 17, 2013
persecution and ultimate peace
Good evening sisters and brothers,
7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned… 33I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
Today's reading Jesus reminds his disciples that they will face persecution for their faith. The world is a pretty messed up place sometimes, and having faith doesn't change that. The good news is that ultimately, the God of love is in charge.
John 16:1-10, 33
”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.