01 Apr Persecution (Jn 5:14) by Matt Laugeman
“‘Look, you are well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may happen to you.’ The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because He did this on a Sabbath.” ~ Jn 5:14 (full readings)
Matt’s Reflections: In today’s society, when we pick up our crosses and follow Jesus, we can expect to be persecuted just as Jesus was 2,000 years ago. He healed a man who had been sick for a long time. He did this out of LOVE. When we witness Christ’s love to the people we encounter, with Christ’s love, the possibility to “heal” someone can and does become a reality. He calls us all to holiness and to be His apostles. Brothers and sisters, NOW is the time to remove the bushel basket from our “lamps”, and let the light of Christ shine, whether at work, home, or praying in front of the clinics! For in Matthew 5 Christ tells us, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
* Matt Laugeman is married to Teresa, is father to Jacob and Michael and is a Life Runner. Matt volunteers as host of “St. Joseph Radio Presents”, a one hour talk show broadcast on EWTN Radio.
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