“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by 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 of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Arrest. Persecution. Testifying before kings. Death. How privileged many of us are to live lives of faith free from such terrifying threats. We do not need to be martyrs, however, to face the real risk of discipleship. In moments major and mundane, we encounter invitations to speak truth to power – to stand on the side of the good and the loving, even when doing so might make us feel vulnerable and alone. This can cause complications at work and at home, with friends and others with whom we are at odds. The challenge for us disciples-in-progress is to trust, deep in our bones, God’s wisdom. If we stay rooted in that wisdom, the Spirit will grant us the words to speak.
How is God calling me to speak truth in love today? How can I trust the Spirit to guide my voice at home, at work, and in the world?
—Katie Davis is a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and JVC Magis currently working as a Chaplain and Religious Studies teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. She serves on the Advisory Board for Jesuit Connections in Chicago and the Chicago Women’s Team for the Ignatian Spirituality Project.
Who calls us to love and speak truth,
Help us to be rooted in You,
Especially in moments of vulnerability and challenge,
Through Jesus our Companion,
Please share the Good Word with your friends!