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Sunday, November 13, 2016

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33rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Malachi 3:19-20
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Psalm 98:5-9
Luke 21:5-19

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the testimony test

"It will lead to your giving testimony." —Luke 21:13, RNAB

Persecutions are great opportunities for giving testimony to Jesus. A testimony is our personal witness to what the Lord Jesus has done in our life. Did you know that Satan is defeated by our testimony to Jesus? "They defeated [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony" (see Rv 12:11). Jesus uses our testimony to soften the hearts of those who listen. People can disagree with our theological positions, but no one can deny what happened to us and our personal experience of and relationship with Jesus.

Do not be terrified or perturbed (see Lk 21:9). Jesus promises you this: "I will give you words and a wisdom which none of your adversaries can take exception to or contradict" (Lk 21:15).

Your testimony to what Jesus has done in your life is a valuable witness in favor of the Lord in the court of each human heart and mind who will hear you. God is constantly planting seeds in each heart. Who knows when that heart will open to Jesus? Perhaps your testimony will cause that person to give their life to Jesus or bring them one step closer. Therefore, "never be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord" (2 Tm 1:8).

The court is in session, and Jesus is on trial. The Spirit is calling you to the witness stand. Will you pass the testimony test?

Prayer:  Lord, Your Word promises that if I open wide my mouth, You will fill it (Ps 81:11). Give me a grateful and willing spirit, and an obedient heart.

Promise:  "For you who fear My name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays." —Mal 3:20

Praise:  Praise You, Jesus, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6). Alleluia!

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 31, 2016

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