Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

When You go Through Persecution.Wednesday 34th Week

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Breakfast With the Word Wednesday 34th Week of the Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

Luke 21:12-19

 

Persecution is hostility, cruel and extreme mistreatment of an individual or group of people by another individual or group of people.

 

Persecution arises because of someone’s political differences, religious beliefs, and ethnicity which is totally hated by another person. This can come from our friends, families, government and even co-workers.

 

Sometimes people persecute you for nothing, only because you are not among their group. There are many today who are passing through some forms of mistreatment, betrayal and wicked acts from those who don’t just want them around.

 

When we encounter such experiences, many tend to lose faith in God. But today Jesus has some words for you, especially if you truly have faith in Him.

 

 

 

A little Digest

 

 

Today’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ prediction of the danger that will befall the people which hence will be followed by the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple.

 

Jesus tells the people that there will be extreme hunger, earthquakes, many fearful events and great signs from heaven. Before these happen, the disciples are to undergo serious persecution which may come from the political and religious circles.

 

 

They will undergo betrayals even from the people they least expect. But Jesus encourages the people to instead use that opportunity to bear witness to Him instead of losing hope entirely. Hence, He promises His abiding presence and grace whenever these happen.

 

 

Luke wrote this at a time when Christians were undergoing tribulations. It was then like a reminder for the people to remember Jesus’ words and use it as a source of encouragement as they undergo any form of persecution and hatred.

 

 

The Time of Persecution

 

In this gospel, Jesus reminds His disciples that the time of persecution is a time when their faith in Him will be put to test.

 

Therefore, the time of persecution is a time to show how strong our faith in God is and not the time to lose hope in God and begin to seek a solution elsewhere. It is thereby a time to stand firm and not a time to lose hope in God.

 

 

At this time, people may make a mockery of what you believe. They will remind you how faithful you are to God but yet things are so difficult for you.

 

Some people will remind you how your God has refused to answer your prayers for long. They will fight and attack you both spiritually and physically. Some of them will use your name and maim you at the back only for nothing sake.

 

 

They may even lie with your name and betray you at the back. Jesus reminds His disciples that such kinds of experiences will surely come.

 

 

So, to be a Christian is not only on the glory part of it. It is not only for miracles, signs, wonders, testimonies etc.

 

 

 

There will surely be a time of affliction, hatred, attack, betrayal, etc. These can even come from your friends, families, and those we least expect.

 

 

Always bear in mind that your faith in God, gifts, talents, progress, religious inclinations, etc can create hostility and hatred for some group of people. But these moments are opportunities to remain steadfast and prove our faith in God.

 

 

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In the Midst of Persecution

Today, Jesus reveals three things His disciples ought to do when they go through the persecution of any kind.

 

 

In the midst of persecution is a great opportunity to bear witness to Him and show how truly strong our faith is.

 

It is not a time we complain or blame God for everything we are passing through. This is not a time to enlist all the good deeds you have done and yet God keeps quiet on you. It is an opportunity to bear testimony to God as the apostles did.

 

 

 

Secondly, Jesus promises His ever-abiding presence, wisdom and grace at this time. It is not a time to shiver on what to do and what not to do. This is not a time to fear, despite the challenges.

 

It is a time to remain strong and courageous, knowing fully well that God’s presence is with you. So, it is a time to remain close to God and not away from God.

 

 

He knows every detail of what you are passing through. God knows how to rescue you. He promises in the gospel that you can never be defeated, and not a single of your hair will be lost.

 

Finally, Jesus asks His disciples to remain strong and persevere to the end.

 

 

Revelation 2:10 says, never be afraid of whatever you are about to suffer in your life, the devil is ready to put many to the test but be also ready to persevere even to the point of death.

 

So, It is time to prove to the devil that your love for God is beyond material things. This type of attitude will never go without a reward.

 

 

 

Whatever people say or do to you, persevere and remain strong. Let nothing separate us from the love of God, not even hardship or persecution (Romans 8:35).

 

 

If you are undergoing any form of persecution, use it as a way to show God that you can be faithful to Him despite any circumstance.

 

 

May God bless you dearest and give you the grace to remain steadfast in the midst of challenges. May His abiding presence remain with you even when you think all hope is lost. Amen

 

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88 Comments
  1. Michael Jones says

    Well spoken fr. and received by me. Michael Jones

    1. Bernadette says

      Thanks Fr. for the breakfast word it has given me hope to continue trusting and depending on the Almighty even when things are tough.

    2. tony chukwudozie says

      Amen and amen,o God may your grace sustains me as l am facing challenges of these life,and may you grant my desire through Christ our lord

    3. Blessing Francis says

      May the good Lord grant me the grace to remain steadfast in him no matter the circumstances in Jesus name amen.

    4. Venarenda says

      I pray that God shall give me his grace to endure every trial and persecution that will come my way

  2. Owolabi Pelumi Agnes says

    Amen
    I pray for grace to continue to hold on to Jesus till the end Amen

    1. Obinna says

      Amen
      Thank you Fr.

    2. Okeke Chioma Agatha says

      Amen nice one Fr

  3. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. God please help me to remain steadfast against all odds. Thank you Father.

  4. Lady PC Maurice says

    Yes, the above stated persecutions have already started among us. I know that the Bible said that there must be a fallen away among the elects before the final coming of the son of man. This will stem from d fact that so many of us christians may not be able to hold forth unto d final coming of Christ.
    It’s also recorded in the Bible that wickedness will increase n love will grow cold which is what is happening now even among d chosen vessels in God’s vineyard. However, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. I think Jesus has already given us expo of the evil days for us to be strong n never falter.

    1. Inya Joseph says

      Time of persecution, affliction, hatred, attack, betrayal are opportunities to remain steadfast and prove our faith in God. It is a time of test of faith for believers and are needed for your promotions.

  5. Omanukwue Adaora says

    Is like I am directly been talked to

    1. ANGELA MADU says

      Amen and Amen
      My God, please remove anything that will blind my spiritual eyes at the time of persecution and trial so I may always remain victorious in Jesus name. Amen

  6. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

    1. Nnopuechi Emmanuel says

      Oh Lord, help us to persevere in all things, amen.

    2. Ifedioramma says

      Lord ,give us Grace to stand strong in times. Of difficulties. Let hardship and difficulties separate us from your love

  7. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Oh Lord may we remain steadfast in Your words and praise You in every situation we may find ourselves in Jesus name Amen

    1. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

      AMEN. LORD, I pray for my wife who is still undergoing dialysis because of kidney infection. That the divine healing of JESUS should come upon her as He healed the woman with issue of blood, and other people. St. Michael fight against any evil concerning this sickness. Amen.

  8. Ogechi Anugwom says

    God’s word is a light for my life

    1. Emilia Arinze says

      Nothing will really separate us from the love of God . Almighty God remind us of this word always, the road is rough and full of dangers. Let’s standstill when the betrayal comes in Jesus name amen.

  9. Chineke Nkeiruka says

    Thank God for his assurance to us even when we are being persecuted. May He give us the grace to persevere in Jesus name Amen

    1. Ogbuji Vivian Daberechi says

      God give us grace to remain steadfast in the midst of our challenges. Amen

    2. Ogochukwu says

      Amen

  10. Chisom Catherine says

    Lord grant me the grace to remain steadfast in your worship even in the midst of my challenges….Amen

    1. Cynthia says

      This is a reminder for me ,that God is aware of every of my situation and I pray for the Grace to remain steadfast and never to divert from him.

    2. Onyiam Ogechi says

      Father Lord, help us to stand firm in you even at the face of any persecutions through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen 🙏🙏🙏

    3. Onyiam Ogechi says

      May the Almighty God help us to stand firm in Him even at the face of any persecutions through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

      I fed with day one and two till today.
      Good morning father.
      I have been following father

  11. Lois Blessing Paul says

    Amen

  12. Anthony Elijah says

    Grant us a still spirit O Lord that we might stand firm in the mids of persecution. Through Christ out Lord.

  13. BeatriceKc says

    Amen. May the grace of perseverance never depart from us🙏

  14. Okereke Festus says

    Amen. We pray for the Grace to persevere till the end.

  15. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Perseverance spirit I ask of there Oh Lord

    1. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

      Amen

  16. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    O God, I receive the grace to remain steadfast in the midst of trials, persecutions and challenges knowing fully that your presence is with me always. Thank you for your word. This is for me.

  17. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr

  18. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen
    Oh Lord give us the grace to bear all the persecution and challenges in our lives faithfully, Amen.

    God bless you Fr

  19. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen
    Oh Lord give us the grace to bear all the persecution and challenges in our lives faithfully, Amen.

    1. Helen says

      Amen! Thank you so very much Padre🙏 God bless you richly!

  20. Mrs Anaele Mary Chinelo says

    May God give us the gift of perseverance to all Trails and temptations and never loses Faith in him, we pray to remain strong and overcome all prosecution from families and friends and people we don’t know and may be grant to us all our heart desires Amen

  21. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. May the Lord give us the grace to trust Him always especially in difficult times. Amen

  22. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen.. Thanks father

  23. Eze Ezinne promise says

    Amen

  24. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    What a blessed assurance that no matter what we face, God is aware of it all and ever ready to save us.

  25. Ozioko Evangeline Nneka says

    Amen .thank you jesus for all you are doing in my life .

  26. Ugochukwu Gregory Onochie says

    Amen. May God continue to give us the grace we need to overcome every persecution and challenges, Amen

  27. Ujunwa felicity says

    God have made us to understand today that as Christians things might not always be all rosy for all but instead of us to lose faith in God we should use that period to glorify his name. We should also know that even those we trust most can persecute us, but when we trust in God we can be victorious

  28. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    May God give me the grace to pass through this Persecution in my life at the moment victoriously.

    Today word encouraged me in my present situation.

  29. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen, thank you fr. for this great words of encouragement to us this day, may God bless and keep you in Jesus name amen.

  30. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, may God give us the grace to endure to the eñd . Ame. Thanks Padre

  31. Ogbonna kyrian says

    Amen

  32. Patricia okwuii Onwubuya says

    Oh our Almighty God I thank you for the night protection and for the life of today
    Today oh God all our activities on your care direct, guide, inspiration
    To have faith that after Rain Sun shines
    God grant us Happy in Jesus name Amen 🙏

  33. ANYANWU PRISCA NGOZI says

    Amen 🙏 Lord I believe in you and yours words. Help me to be steadfast and faithful even in the midst of persecution and trials
    . Help me to trust you always.

  34. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn, thanks Padre for today’s breakfast,this is exactly what I have been suffering in my LGA PDP, they ganged up against me because of my position,they are envious, but gradually, God has started putting all of them to shame, some of them are even envious of my Faith in God and my Christian life, they call me (Mary)but God is with me always.

  35. Onyiam Ogechi says

    May the Almighty God help us to stand firm in Him even at the face of any persecutions through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

    I fed with day one and two till today.
    Good morning father.
    I have been following father

  36. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen. Lord, help me to always be strong at all times in Jesus name, amen.

  37. Ogbuji Vivian Daberechi says

    God give us grace to remain steadfast in the midst of our challenges. Amen

  38. Blessing Chilo says

    Nothing can separate me from the love of God, not even persecution. Give me your grace oh Lord to persevere to the end through christ our Lord Amen

  39. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen may God give us the grace to stand with Him till the end … Amen…. I pray for more grace and strength upon u Fr

  40. Esther Omalle says

    May God give us the grace to continue to hold on to him

  41. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  42. Eze Chizoba Amuche says

    Amen ,I will never be defeated no matter the challenges

  43. Ifeoma Chikelu says

    Lord I thank you for your word which is life itself. May you always give us the grace to be steadfast in fate and your love even as we’re facing our daily challenges. Amen

  44. Onyiam Ogechi says

    Father Lord, help us to stand firm in you even at the face of any persecutions through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  45. Clara says

    I ask for grace. I know that time will not be easy but his grace will be sufficient for me. Thank u Padre for this message. God bless u. Amen

  46. Lazarus Okoroafor Andrew says

    Above all it’s more clear to us that we should profess our “Faith” in God more especially in times of Persecution, Trials and Temptation, also when we thought our families, friends and relatives has turned back on us because of your truthfullnes or for nothing sake, hold onto God and persevere in Faith and God will never forsake you. May God continue to straighten us to profess our Faith more especially in difficult moment of Life. Amen.

  47. Ifedioramma says

    Lord ,give us Grace to stand strong in times. Of difficulties. Let hardship and difficulties separate us from your love

  48. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen. Such a Sumptuous meal. Thanks so much, Padre, for this soul-lifting reflection and encouragement. Honestly, am inspired by this. More grace and insights upon you, Padre🙏
    I pray that we may always stand strong to God, even in the midst of trials and difficulties. The ugly situations of life.. Barrenness, financial constraints, unemployment, failures, set-backs in business, bad health reports and other challenges of life may be trying to elude us, but in all.. let’s keep our hopes alive in God. Knowing fully well that we’re more than conquerors… Hence,Christ is by our side, we must overcome all situations. And that his unfailing graces, is ever sufficient in our lives. It doesn’t matter how many years we’ve been passing through difficulties, rejection or suffering. Hence, Christ is still on the throne, we shall overcome all challenges. Thank you Jesus, for this word, Amen 🙏 🙏

  49. Chibuzor says

    This words melted my heart, please Lord give me the grace to carry my daily cross. Amen

  50. Paxk says

    Pls dear Lord, give me the grace to be steadfast in your love, and persevere to the very end. Amen 🙏

  51. Joy says

    Amen, God please give me steadfast spirit, grace and mercy. Help me to persevere even in the mist of persecution, and to bear witness to your word even via the life I live .

  52. Omanukwue Adaora says

    Temptation will surely come, but lord, alwaz save us with ur saving power. Amen

  53. Anigbogu Anthonia Nkiruka says

    O Lord, your grace is all we need to stand firm. Never leave us Lord, for without you, we can do nothing.

    Amen.

  54. Hannatu Emmanuel says

    Thank you Fr
    May nothing separate us from God

  55. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    May God be our hope and help in the midst of hopelessness.Amen

  56. AJOKO LOVETH says

    God I need your Grace to abuse by your word

  57. AJOKO LOVETH says

    Help us oh Lord to do your will

  58. Obianuju says

    Amen, God we trust you in you. Don’t disappoint us

  59. Obianuju says

    Amen, God we trust in you. Don’t disappoint us

  60. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    This has really thought me to be steadfast in my faith in God, to never allow anything take away my faith and hope in God, I have also learnt that challenges will come and it’s only through Christ that we can scale through whatever be the problem we are going through. May God give me the grace to continually trust and believe in him till the end of time. Amen

  61. Christianjj says

    Amen, Lord give us the Grace for us to stand firm in the time of persecutions let us not to be found in the deepest darkness of the Dead.

  62. Thompson Nwabueze says

    Padre, am always bless reading through your daily nuggets. Thanks Padre.
    Amen

  63. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thanks so much father for all your encouragements.

  64. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen.please oh Lord we need you in our family in this time of persecution and trials.see us through according to your words and give us victory. Amen
    Thank you Father this is really for me at this tempting time.i know I will surely over come. Amen

  65. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    May the power of God most high envelope me always so I will never waver in times of tribulations and persecution! May God give me the grace to remain strong in faith and never fear or lose courage when faced with serious man-made hardships or troubles arising from my strong resolve to do God’s will, in Jesus’ Mighty name! Thanks immensely,Padre and keep doing good.

  66. Modesta says

    Thank you Padre for this…Dear God in times of persecution give me the grace to perserve and focus on you,may I never lose my faith in you

    1. Munachimso onuoha says

      Amen!!!!🙏🙏

  67. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr. for the inspiring msg. May God give us the grace to always remain strong, steadfast & unshaken in the face of whatever challenges we are facing or going through, bearing in mind that his abiding grace/love remains ever with us, Amen!!!

  68. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. God, please give us the grace to remain steadfast no matter the challenges.

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