Jn 15, 18-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, know that it first hated me. If you are of the world, the world will love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, because I chose you from the world, so the world hates you.”
Remember the word I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecute me, they will persecute you too. If they memorize my words, they will memorize yours too. But all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake, because they do not know who sent me.”
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If the world hates you, know that it hated me first.
Gospels with commentary. This knowledge is not ours
When evangelizing or simply talking to others about the faith, we can focus on choosing content and media to be as effective as possible in persuading others of Christ. But sometimes, when we forget that “a servant is not greater than his Lord,” we may fall into the trap of our beliefs and efforts. When we begin to vigorously defend our arguments, to believe that others ought or ought to be persuaded of what we are talking about, then instead of being servants of the Word, we become its masters or owners. Meanwhile, this education is not our education, nor even that we belong to ourselves. Jesus plainly says that when his word is rejected, ours will also be rejected; When they despise Him, they also despise us.
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