“Whoever rejects you rejects me.”

Jesus continues His preparation of the disciples He is sending out ahead of Him (Lk 10:13-16).  The passage begins with Jesus condemning three towns to which the message has already come and which have rejected it.  They face destruction.  Jesus closes with the words above and what follows automatically from that: Rejection of Jesus means rejection of the Father as well.  We should want everyone to listen to the Lord.  And we are called to be instruments of Jesus in getting His message out.  So when we do this faithfully and are ignored, despised, attacked, or ostracized for our efforts, our hurt or sadness should not be focused on ourselves (remember Mt 5:10-12) but rather on the occasion of a person loved infinitely by his creator snubbing that awesome God.  So we should always conform to the will of God in our lives so that we are always an example of Christian living and never a scandal to it.  If our living of the gospel causes us to be rejected along with — infinitely more importantly — Christ our reaction must be to continue to love that person and pray for his conversion.  Says the Lord God: “Do I find pleasure in the death of the wicked…? Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and live?”  Through prayer and action we are to cooperate with God’s desire.

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