In the today’s Gospel, we see how Jesus remains confident in his mission, despite threats to his life. In our own lives, there will come a time when our faith will be persecuted. Despite our country being a supposedly “Christian” nation, we see the increasing influence of secularism that contradicts our Christian values. We must realize that even if we may not be persecuted physically for our faith, pressures from society may make it hostile for us to live our Christian faith. Many people, in fact, succumb to these pressures and choose to abandon their values altogether, either out of fear of rejection by others or simply for expedience’s sake. Let us be practical and go with the times, many say.
Our readings today give us great consolation. We are encouraged to remain steadfast in our faith simply because God loves us. The first reading expresses this beautifully, for “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor any other creature, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Indeed, if Christ has died for us, we already share eternal life with him. This is why we too can remain confident in our faith and not be afraid, because the battle has already been fought and won for us.