By Dr. Jeff Mirus (
) | Sep 13, 2022
Yesterday’s news fairly shouts at us to consider once again one of Our Lord’s most powerful and most scandalous statements:
Every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. [Mt 10:32-34]
There is also a related incident in which Our Lord sent out his disciples to preach the Gospel with this admonition: “And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them” (Mk 6:11; cf. Mt 10:14; Lk 9:5 and 10:11; Acts 13:51).
And yet it is far more common…