Daily Reflection – Nov 29, 2017
Wednesday 29 November 2017
First Reading: DN 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Give glory and eternal praise to him.
DN 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
Gospel Reading: LK 21:12-19
Today’s Note: Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
‘He will give you eloquence and wisdom.’
Often in the gospels Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid and he says the same thing to us. Daniel trusted his God and so could tell King Belshazzar what the strange writing on the wall meant. So it is with us. If we trust like this, the words we need will come to us from the Holy Spirit living within when we are confronted with dissent because of the way we choose to live, act and love.
However, there is a ‘but’. If our relationship with Jesus is to be nurtured, we have to keep in contact with him.
This is best done through prayer, and one of the greatest prayers is one of gratitude.
As Meister Eckhart said so wisely: ‘If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it is enough.’