The Jews rejected Jesus because he said he was the Son of God. For
them he was blaspheming. Jesus told the Jews to at least look at his good
works because they are proof of the authority of his Father, but they
have been blinded by hatred and wanted to arrest him. So Jesus was
forced to run away from them.
We have heard of people who boldly spoke of their faith but were
rejected. Many of them were martyred like St. Stephen, St. Lorenzo
Ruiz, and the Martyrs of China. Others, like the Jesuit missionaries
in China, were forced to go to another place to continue their
Have you yourself experienced being rejected by friends because you
chose good over evil? You chose to tell the truth instead of just
keeping quiet? How did you feel about it?