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Proclaim on the Housetops

Be Calm, Be Decisive
July 10, 2020
July 12, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Proclaim on the Housetops
Have you ever asked why it is hard to follow Jesus? It is not because of the difficult task to fulfill, but because of the persecutions, criticism, and pain, it will cause us. When someone genuinely follows Jesus, pain and wounds come running after us. Fear comes and we slowly lose our desire to follow the footsteps of our Lord.
In our gospel today, the Lord is honest in telling us that discipleship is not an easy option. He warns us of persecutions. People will hate us. They will criticize us from being different, from not collaborating with their evil plans, from questioning their motives, from protesting against them, and from not singing their songs. The world will surely ostracize us and will call insane or weird for thinking differently. At the end of the day, I need to embrace the reality that discipleship and persecutions are inseparable. In fact, we can say, that the deeper we engage in discipleship, the more we experience persecutions and hardships.

But in the midst of persecutions and pain in fighting for the truth and proclaiming the good news of love, the Lord is assuring us of his divine providence and protection. That He will never leave us and the forces of darkness will never ever prevail against the Light. We shall prevail and be delivered against our enemies. He assures us … NOT TO FEAR. For we are beyond the threat of evil and unbelievers. The only thing our enemies could do to us is to intimidate us and take advantage of our fear. In the final analysis, the devil has no power over us. His power comes from fear. Without that lingering fear in our hearts, the devil loses his grip over us as God exposes our enemy’s deceits and lies in the light. FEAR NOT, GOD IS WITH US.
Consider the following points in your silent moments. Hear the Lord assuring us of his unwavering protection and providence.
1. All evil schemes will be exposed.
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.” (Matthew 10:26).
What are your frustrations at the moment? Are you disappointed that some evil schemes are winning now? Are you frustrated that some evil people seem to control our society? What do you feel about the recent fate of ABS-CBN?
The Lord is inviting us to maintain our passion and continue the fight. We believe that truth will prevail and will be defeated in the end. We need to continue our advocacy against evil. The Lord said, “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.” (Matthew 10;27)
2. Do not be afraid of anyone but God.
“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
God is inviting us not to waver from our advocacy against evil schemes. He will never our enemies to destroy us. They may have the upper hand today, but not forever. They may laugh at us now, but not tomorrow. They may hurt or wound us, but they can take our faith from us. They may get our properties and destroy our pride, but not our faith and rights as children of God. We believe in God. They cannot kill our dream. They cannot take Jesus in our hearts.
3. Look at the birds in the sky.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29,31)
When doubt comes, we focus our eyes on God’s providence and care on little things. Be more attentive and count our little blessings in our lives. That in spite of losing some battles against the forces of darkness, we still have countless blessings in our pockets to count. They may win some battles, but it will not last forever. Let’s go to our prayer and count our blessings. Look at the Lord in your prayer, and don’t focus our failures. Maintain the faith. Be grounded in prayer. Never lose your commitment to the Light.
4. Proclaim Jesus to the End
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10: 32-33).
Nothing should stop from us proclaiming the Kingdom of God. We are children of the light, thus the forces of evil hate us. They may humiliate us in front of all, but we will never raise the white flag. In our capacity to stand again and fight injustices and lies, we show who we are. We are the disciples of Jesus – bound to proclaim love, truth, and justice. With or without results, victory or loss, humiliation, or recognition, with fruits or without, we shall not give up the fight. God is with us.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).
– Pitik-Bulag
July 11, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10: 24-33

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