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Sunday Devotional: Fear no one

Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

I don’t know how it came to be that so many view Jesus the Christ as an effeminate wimp.

Is it because He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, without protest or fighting back?

But do they not know that Jesus’ suffering and death were redemptive and restitutory?

The dictionary defines “restitution” as reparation made by giving an equivalent as compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused.

Every wrong must be rectified. But our first parents’ fall was so cataclysmic that  not only was human nature itself perverted so that all of Adam and Eve’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin with an inclination to evil (fomes peccati: tinder for sin), no man could restitute for that first sin. Only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make amends — by becoming incarnate, and to be tortured, suffer and die on a cross.

As Jesus explained in Luke 22:22: “for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined.” 

Jesus couldn’t be further from being an effeminate wimp.

A physical laborer — carpenter — by trade, Jesus must have been brawny and strong. He would have to be strong to withstand being whipped until the flesh on His back was stripped, have 1″-2″ long thorns pierced into his head (try piercing your scalp with just a pin), carry a cross weighing 75-125 lbs, then be nailed to a cross by 5″-7″ long iron spikes. (See “Good Friday: Remembering His Passion and Sacrificial Love“)

Nor does Jesus expect us to be wimps.

He instructed us in Luke 22:36: “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” 

He didn’t mean a spiritual sword. By “sword,” He meant it literally.

Furthermore, why would He tell us to acquire a sword if He doesn’t expect and want us to use it in self defense?

The equivalent of a sword today is a gun. Molon labe!

Just be sure you acknowledge Him before others because if you don’t, He will not acknowledge you before the Father.

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Sunday Devotional: ‘I did not come to bring peace, but a sword’

Luke 14:25-27

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
and he turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple….”

Today’s reading is reminiscent of another passage:

Matthew 10:34-36

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to turn a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law —
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.”

Sobering words indeed.

I don’t know why a popular image of Jesus the Christ is that of an epicene, meek and mild man. Is it because our Lord willingly allowed Himself to be tortured and executed on a cross?

But the truth is that the Jesus described in the canonical Gospels is neither meek nor mild nor unmasculine. A carpenter by trade, He was muscular and strong. He got angry with the moneychangers in the Temple and overturned their tables — nothing mild about that. He took on the élite Pharisees and was outspoken in denouncing them, calling them children of the Devil and the synagogue of Satan. He spoke with complete authority and captured the rapt attention of an audience of thousands –remember the miracle of loaves and fishes? He told His followers not to be wimps, instructing them that “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36).

All of which is hardly the behavior or demeanor of a meek, mild, effeminate, wimpy man.

And, as in the above passages from Luke 14:25-27 and Matthew 10:34-36, He warned us again and again that following Him won’t be easy and that we will be hated and persecuted simply because of His name, because we are His followers.

Luke 21:12, 16-19

“[T]hey 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…. 
You will even be betrayed 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.
Stand firm, and you will win life.

For, as His followers, we are not of this world. Thus, the powers and all who are of this world will always hate and persecute us. And by their hate, we will know who they are (John 8:44).

So gird your loins.

Be prepared.

Stand firm and be strong!

May the peace and love and courage of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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