As people of God we are called to evangelize and be in the right spirit. But when we proclaim the Gospel we are sure to be afflicted. As St. Paul says
“We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor 4:8-9).
We may see persecution from all sides, family, friends, the Church, but we should not give up or allow the evil one to take control of our lives.
Many a time we may wonder why God does not come to our rescue. Let us not despair, because when we despair, we lose hope. We need to be persistent and know that God knows what is best for us. God never abandons us, just as He didn’t abandon His son. Jesus too was afflicted & persecuted & He cried out to His father
“My God, My God why have you forsaken me”
Though He suffered death, He rose on the third day and was victorious. We need to hold on to God’s promises, and to the Cross which gives us strength.
In our struggle, we may be bruised and we may be made to bite the dust. But we need to remember that when we are humbled and stripped of our human weakness, we become stronger in our faith & trust in God. We are called to do the divine work of God and therefore we need to be aware that we are always in a Spiritual war. Thus we must be totally dependent on God.
Our goal is to obey & please God and through this bring many people back to Him. In times of affliction we need to derive strength from the Cross, focusing on Jesus and all the good we have received from Him. Let us rejoice even in our suffering, never looking down or backwards but always up and forward.
As God’s instruments we are privileged to share this great treasure with all and if we persevere we will be able to boldly say
“I kept faith, even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted!’” (Ps 116:10).
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