When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say. (Lk 12:11-12)
Words can be very important.
Using the right words, we gain entry, acceptance, understanding.
Using the wrong words, we end up embattled, frustrated, alone, misunderstood.
Today we celebrate the feast of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and companions. They were missioners who went out to the “New World” to bring Christianity to a land that had never heard of Jesus Christ.
They had to depend upon the Lord to give them the words that they would need to bring His message here.
That message was rejected by a great number of people and the messengers, quite often, were killed.
But, the blood of the martyrs in this continent — as it had done in all other parts of the world — nourished the seed of faith that had been planted.
John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions may not have known what to say to the people they met. Yet, they trusted that the Lord would give them words that would have an effect. Their faith, their courage, and, ultimately, their martyrdom touched the lives of many and brought people to the faith.
We trust that the Lord will give us the words to speak in our own time and place.
FAITH ACTION: In prayer this day, ask the Lord to give you the words that you need to say in order to have others come to a deeper knowledge and love of God.