Friday of the 6 week in ordinary time ‘c’
There are times when it is very difficult to admit that we are Christians, that we are Jesus’ disciples, a people of faith, a people that practices its faith. I am sure that we all have been in a situation when we should have said or done something to defend our faith and Christ’s teaching. But we didn’t, simply because we are afraid that we would be ridiculed or even rejected by others. I am always impressed by those who are not afraid to say a prayer before their meal in a crowded restaurant, or who wear a cross on their neck, or even wear a ‘pro-life’ t-shirt. Today in the Gospel we hear some very strong words from the Lord: “Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” We can’t be ashamed of who we are, of the color of our skin, our nationality, age, or social status. Most of all, we can’t be ashamed of knowing Jesus. Because one day, we will need Jesus’ reference.