Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake

What Christ Saw from the Cross, illustration for ‘The Life of Christ’, c.1886-96 (gouache on paperboard) by Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902); Brooklyn Museum of Art

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

In the life of Christ, we see extreme hatred turned on him, even though he went about doing only good (Acts 10:38).

A truism is that Christians should “hate the sin but love the sinner.” But those who are hardened in sin and in erroneous thinking hate people who are good, something Christ’s public life bears out.

For a Doctrinal Homily Outline for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary time, click here. The focus is on Christ’s parables and freedom.






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