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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
(Part 79)

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

 

May 8, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 8:1-8


After the martyrdom of Stephen, “on that day, there broke out a severe persecution of the church in Jerusalem” (v.1b). Since that time, through two millennia, the Church has suffered severe persecution from time to time in many different parts of the world. Today, our Church is still suffering severe persecution.

  • Killing of Catholics just because of their faith, in Nigeria, India and the Middle East.
  • Bombings of churches resulting in many deaths, in Sri Lanka, Egypt, Pakistan, Philippines.
    Burnings of churches, such as the Church of St Sulpice and Notre Dame in France.
  • Vandalism of churches, as in France and Germany. In France today, 2 churches are desecrated every day.
  • The President of a Catholic nation cursing the Christian God, ridiculing the crucifixion of Jesus, urging people to rob and even kill bishops, and telling Catholics to leave their Church.

Jesus did say that his followers would be treated the same way he was.

But the mission of the Church is propelled by the blood of the martyrs. And so it was that with the persecution in Jerusalem, “all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria” (v.1c). And what happened then? “Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” (v.4). The persecution in effect hastened the proclamation of the gospel, as Jesus had instructed, first in Jerusalem, then in Judea and Samaria, and later to the ends of the earth.

The grief caused by the persecution in Jerusalem resulted in the joy caused by the proclamation of the Messiah in Samaria. “There was great joy in that city.” (c.8).

We the disciples of Jesus are to proclaim the word in every situation and in every place. If we are opposed, we rejoice because it is an indication that we are effectively preaching the gospel. If we are persecuted, we rejoice because the groundwork is being laid by God for the greater reach of the gospel. If we are martyred for the faith, we rejoice because God has given us the ultimate privilege to walk all the way in the very path of our Lord and Savior.

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