October 15, 2016
(Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.” Lk_12:8 – -12
I recently had the opportunity to sit before a county judge under the attorney’s interrogation as a potential jury member for a criminal case. Haven’t felt that un-Christianly uncomfortable in a long time. And yet there among a mere 50-some potential strangers were three other parishioners from our Church and at least two others I had known from former jobs (strongly Christian men). And we live in a fairly liberal town of, now, over 100,000. I think that’s pretty awesome.
So when questions about drinking habits or support for advocacy groups against DWI came up, I found the Holy Spirit sitting right beside me as I uniquely responded, honestly. Jesus said, don’t worry about what we will say when challenged about any moral righteousness. And no, I’m far from perfect in that arena. But sometimes we just have to stand up for what we believe. After I thoroughly ran myself over the coals for all of those little imperfections and wondered if any of the people selected to serve were morally strong enough to defend righteousness, I decided to leave it in God’s hands and rest in His outcome.
St. Paul reaffirms Jesus’ quote in his letter to the Ephesians, saying, “Brothers and sisters: Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, I do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.” Eph_1:15-23
May our loving God bless you and keep you always, beloved, in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and the peace of our Lord Jesus!
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