“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 imposters in many places and by many individuals and groups of people in this world. Let me be teachable and grateful today, in a Christ-focused manner, as I re-connect with Him on this sunny morning. Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.