“These witnesses have power.” –Revelation 11:6

Mass Readings: November 19
First: Revelation 11:4-12; Resp: Psalm 144:1-2,9-10; Gospel: Luke 20:27-40

What do you picture when you think of the Church? Do you think of a building, a group of people praying, or a family at table? St. John, in the book of Revelation, pictures the Church as being witnesses (Rv 11:5), people testifying personally and publicly to their relationship with Jesus.

John pictures the Church as witnesses because Jesus commanded us before His Ascension to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Thus, to be a witness is foundational and essential to being a Christian. Our faith in Jesus must be personal and publicly communicated, or we are involved in an aberration of Christianity. We are “under compulsion and have no choice” to witness to Jesus and publicly proclaim His Gospel (see 1 Cor 9:16). We are ruined if we don’t preach it (see 1 Cor 9:16).

The Church of witnesses has been so powerful in changing the world that the term “witness” has come to mean “martyr,” someone who has been killed because of his love for the Lord. Will you accept the Holy Spirit’s power to love God so much that you will speak publicly of that love and even be martyred for that love? Will you choose to be a member of the Church by Jesus’ standards? Witness for Jesus.

PRAYER: Father, may our attitude toward witnessing not be clouded by fear but motivated by love.
PROMISE: They “are no longer liable to death. Sons of the resurrection, they are sons of God.” –Lk 20:36
PRAISE: Sheila witnessed to her brother during a long family trip and he listened.

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