"If God is for us, who can be against us?" —Romans 8:31
St. Paul asks: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword?" (Rm 8:35) This was no mere rhetorical question for Paul. He had experienced firsthand all of these dangers and more (see 2 Cor 11:23ff). He knew for "certain" that nothing could separate him from the love of God (Rm 8:38, 39). This certain knowledge of God's personal love for him gave Paul the courage to be more than a conqueror (Rm 8:37). No threat could deter Paul from carrying out his mission.
When the Pharisees told Jesus that Herod was trying to kill Him (Lk 13:31), this was no idle threat. Herod had just finished killing John the Baptizer, and he would also kill his own son who posed a threat to his kingdom. Jesus, however, was also certain of His Father's enduring love for Him. Undaunted, Jesus proceeded directly toward Jerusalem, Herod's dwelling (Lk 13:33). It turned out that Herod indeed had the chance to kill Jesus, but didn't even harm Him (Lk 23:8ff). No threat could deter Jesus from carrying out His mission.
We are baptized into Jesus, and like Paul, we have a mission from God. Pray to know God's love for you (Eph 3:18-19). Then "do not be afraid" (Mt 10:31). No threat can deter you from carrying out your God-given mission.
Prayer: Father, I will not be intimidated (Mt 10:26) by threats to stop me from loving and serving You.
Promise: "He stood at the right hand of the poor man, to save him from those who would condemn him." —Ps 109:31
Praise: Fighting against all odds by promoting pro-life legislation, Representative Stewart saw God's victorious hand.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Bishop-Elect, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 26, 2011 (for 10-1-2011 through 11-29-2011) and May 26, 2011 (for 11-30-2011)
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