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Persecution


PERSECUTION

Jesus told his disciples, “Beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues” (Mt 10:17). Jesus, who foresaw his passion, death, and resurrection, let his disciples know what they might also face during evangelization.

Jesus clarified in Mark 13:12-13 who would hand over his disciples to courts. “Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” Hence, even the members of one’s own family who oppose the mission of Jesus can be betrayers.

Judas, who was like a family member to Jesus and the other apostles, handed over Jesus to the Jewish authorities.

Jesus’ own family and neighbours rejected him and attempted to kill him. After preaching in the synagogue of Nazareth, “they took offence at him” (Mt 13:57; Mk 6:3). “When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away” (Lk 4:28-30).


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