Come, Holy Spirit, Strengthen me in moments of trial.
(Picture Jesus preparing His disciples for persecution.)
Jesus has just commissioned his apostles and sent them out to preach. He warns them of difficulties. Matthew’s Church also sent out missionaries who faced the same persecutions, both from Jews and Romans.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Because the disciples preach Jesus, many will oppose them.
- Jesus tries to prepare them for what they will face.
- Even this opposition has a purpose. The disciples will have an audience to whom they can preach.
- The Spirit will give them the words that touch hearts.
- They must rejoice. If they persecuted the Master, they will certainly persecute the disciples.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, prepare me for the opposition I will meet in my devout life.
- Send me your Spirit so my opponents can be won over.
- Teach me the costs of discipleship. I will pay any price.
- When the opposition continues, let me stand firm.
- What more could I ask for? You invite me to suffer persecution with you.
- I will persevere and enjoy eternal glory.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will try to explain my conversion to all who question me.
+ I will ask the Spirit to guide my words.