Reflections on reading of the day July 11 Holy Spirit is our friend

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”( MT 10:16-23)

Jesus says you will not be alone. The Spirit of your Father will be with you. There was a bishop in Vietnam who was put on trial for treason. He was speaking to us seminarians many years ago about this Gospel. He was in front of all the legal minds in the country. They held up papers and said, “We found these papers in your office that prove you were trying to overthrow the government.” This Bishop prayed and said, “My office is at the top of the stairs. Is my office on the right or the left at the top of the stairs?” He knew that they had never been in his office so they had to guess. They said, “Your office is on the right at the top of the stairs.” Which he responded, “No my office is on the left at the top of the stairs and does not our legal code say that if a man doesn’t know his right hand from his left the case is thrown out of court.” With that response the crowd went wild. This bishop saved his life for the day. When he told this story he said, “I could not have practiced this defense before hand. The Spirit of the Father was with me.”

Trust that the Spirit of the Father is with you. Trust in the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.


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