Knowing that he must return to the Eternal Father, Jesus prepares his disciples for what to expect as his followers when he is gone. A few chapters later (John 17), Jesus will pray to the Father on their and our behalf, not to take us out of the world, but to protect us from the evil one. The Father sent his Son into the world, so Jesus sends his apostles and followers into the world, consecrated in truth. All this that we might follow him not just in life, but also in death, and beyond, all the way to the Father.
Scripture of the Day: John 15:18–21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”
- Read Pope Frances: ‘persecution is the Church’s daily bread’ (Vatican Radio, April 12, 2016)
- Learn about Christian persecution (Open Doors)
- Read 2016 Annual Report (US Commission on International Religious Freedom)
- Support organizations that help persecuted Christians