Speaking the truth to power
Today’s readings give us other examples of truly speaking the truth to power in situations of deadly consequence.
In the first reading (Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28), we hear of the famous “writing on the wall”.
It is a familiar story, which we have heard since childhood, but it did not take place in a fairy tale kingdom, but in a real kingdom with real and deadly oppression.
Daniel speaks the truth to this deadly oppressive power.
In the Gospel (Luke 21:12-19), our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ warn of persecution that will befall those who live and speak the truth.
These dangers and risks do not belong only to ancient times or alien lands.
In different ways – some subtle, some not so subtle – the same risks and dangers face us too when we strive to live and speak the truth of Jesus Christ to the powers in this world, in our countries, and even in our neighborhoods.
They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless
to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.
May God give us the grace to stand strong in the love and truth of Christ