ARE YOU HATED? "...YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT I TOLD YOU."JOHN 16:4

"...KNOW THAT IT HAS HATED ME BEFORE YOU."
If you have ever descended into the depths of the Comments on Newspaper Blogs, or ABC Blogs, you will understand the vicious , soul-destroying , hatred directed at Catholicism,The Holy Father, Cardinal Pell,the Priesthood, and Catholics in general which lurks in parts of our community ; mindless,irrational , blind hatred dripping from every word ! It is a shock to encounter it for the first time, saddening to stumble upon it on further occasions.

Why is it so? The essential cause, is the fact that the Catholic Church and her Founder Jesus Christ are a reproach to many aspects of the haters' lives because, as Our Lord said : "...you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." By following Christ we Catholics and the Church speak out against Abortion, Contraception, Euthanasia, Homosexuality and its agenda, Pornography , and so one can readily see the spreading numbers of hedonistic self-indulgers that coalesce to hate us.

We should not be surprised, for Our Divine Lord Himself told us :

"If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

Remember the word I have spoken to you: No servant is greater than his Master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also; if they have kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My Name's sake, because they do not know Him Who sent Me....................He who hates Me hates My Father also."  John 15 :18- 24.

As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen explained decades ago, "the world" is used in two ways in Sacred Scripture - in general it is the "theatre of redemption", that is the place in which we must work out our salvation; in the other sense, as Our Lord uses it here, it is the spirit of evil operating in the midst of mankind.

"But when the Advocate has come, Whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning Me. And you also bear witness, because from the beginning you are with Me." John 15 : 26-27.

Even to-day 2,000 years later, the same Holy Spirit remains in our midst, and the same joyful obligation is ours, as it was for the disciples, to bear witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ - no matter what the opposition.

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