“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
Love is creative. As followers of Jesus we are not be simpletons or pushovers, though many expect us to be so – being a Christian for some means being kind and tolerating everything. Jesus advises us to be wise and clever – to be creative in our response to situations using the Gospel and the moral law as our guides; to use our wits, as St Thomas More says. Though innocent and good, we weigh up situations and turn them to our advantage and to the proclamation of the Gospel. We are to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us through the challenges that face us, but also on reason, which is God’s gift. Though never dishonest, we make use of what is put before us guided by the virtue of prudence, holy daring and fervent prayer.
Among our intentions today, let us also pray for our brothers and sisters working to counteract the culture of death.