Suffering Shame for The Name

Thursday, December 27, 2012

1 Peter 2:11-25

The Greek, hupogrammos, “example,” literally means an “underwriter.” Just as insurance companies have underwriters that support legitimate claims, so does Christ’s suffering and death give us the grounding and support to withstand unjust treatment that may come our way.

Rather than focus upon yourself as a victim of mistreatment, shift the focus upon a truth that gave the early Christians profound comfort when they were falsely accused. “They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” (Acts 5:41). There is no spiritual or physical suffering that you can experience that Jesus did not first endure. Find joy in being treated as Jesus, being one with him in his sufferings, so that you can be one with him in his resurrection.

The Reading for Today

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Version for Children and Families

This is the Fourth Week in Advent, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the first and second letters of Peter in the season of Advent to Epiphany.

How does the Word touch you?

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