“You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death…But not a hair of your head will perish.” vss. 16, 18
During the years of the Jewish Revolt the followers of Jesus were persecuted and afflicted, not only by the Roman armies, but by the Jewish rebels. Many were squeezed out of their homeland–others, while trying to remain faithful to the traditions, were betrayed by their families and friends. It’s likely that some lost their lives. Those who remained clung to the promise of Jesus that “not a hair of (their) head would perish.” It’s that deep and profound faith that has sustained the Church and spurred her growth ever since. We have an inheritance that transcends earthly limitations, one that not even death can take away. It’s important to remember that in these days when challenges seem to be pressing in from every side. In the midst of election controversies, climate summits, and ongoing wars and famines, it’s easy to forget that we are people of faith, and that life is not defined by the turmoils and tragedies of human sin. We believe in resurrection and the continuing presence of Christ. As has often been said, “we will be sustained in our weariness and our joy will be restored.” As Jesus put it, all that is necessary for our salvation is patient endurance!
Thought for the Day: When has my salvation been patient endurance?