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Look at the challenges as opportunities to bear witness to Jesus

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Arlene Donarber

November 29, Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: First reading: Daniel 5:1-6. 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Hatred does no good to anyone. Hatred in the name of the religions we believe creates the worst scenarios. Those who agree and support what our religions uphold become friends. The others become enemies.

Religious hatred does no good to anyone. It was there before the arrival of Jesus and during his time, too. And it continues to be here to stay. Jesus disagreed with many things the leaders of the Jewish religion believed during his time. The end result of his new beliefs was crucifixion.

He was aware that the trend would continue and that the possibility of his disciples, who decided to follow the new path, would be opposed and punished. He was aware of the powers in the hands of those who govern religions. He knew a time would come when his disciples would have to fight the battle without his supportive physical presence.

Jesus begins preparing his disciples to get ready for the battles that are going to come their way. He is asking them to be strong warriors when those who do not accept him will turn out to be their enemies.

His suggestion is to stay strong all the time, particularly when the opposition is tough to handle. Those who stay internally close to the Master can remain strong. They will be able to see the challenges as opportunities to bear witness. He assures them that the right wisdom and words to be spoken will be given to them.

This is our guarantee as well. With Him with us, we shall remain ever strong. At such times, his guarantee is that we will be blessed with the right inspirations coming from the Spirit of God.

Look at the challenges as opportunities to bear witness to Jesus.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.