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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

         

      “This I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (Jn 15: 17-19)

      Thus the Lord comforts us, in those cases when we suffer rejection in “the world.” At times, we might venture to seek “love” in the wrong place; from a person or people not “our own.” And we don’t realize this, until we suffer rejection. While rejection is always painful, here the Lord reminds us that it can actually strengthen our sense of vocation, of having been “called” by Him, or “chosen out of the world,” to His specific purpose for each of us. This p...

Friday, April 27, 2018

     “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (Jn 15: 18-19) 

     Sometimes we might make the mistake of wanting to “belong” to those or to that which is not, actually, “ours,” and we don’t realize we’ve made this mistake until we suffer rejection. And this hurts. 

     But this kind of pain, if we receive it in God’s light, is a great “teachable moment,” revealing more to us about our “vocation” as “ekklesia” (from “ekkaleo,” meaning “to call out”) to follow Christ. We are “His own,” and nobody else’s, as long as we are willing to be, – and this means we will be recognized as impost...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of/because of the Son of man (ἕνεκα τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου)! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.” (Lk 6: 22-23)

How can we know when we’re “hated” or “excluded” or rejected in some other way, specifically “because of the Son of man,” and not for some other reason? We know this is happening “because of the Son of man” when we are rejected specifically for being ourselves, according to our “vocation”; I mean, according to our response to Christ’s call to us personally, to be and to act and to serve according to our God-given character, faith, background, and all our other gifts and chall...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord has taken me in.” (Ps 26/ 27: 12)

 

The Psalms give expression to practically every human experience and emotion, from immense gratitude and joy, to the most difficult kinds of pain, like the one expressed here: Rejection.

 

Rejection can be an emotional wound from childhood, as the Psalmist mentions above, or it can come at other times in life, in smaller or greater doses: Being fired from a job, being turned down for a job or school of our choice, or being dumped by the person we love, or betrayed by a spouse, or not making the team, or generally not being accepted for who we are, etc.

 

Rejection can damage my life as few other things can, if I don’t hand it over to God’s unchanging love and light, as the Psalmist does above, in pray...

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