”If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
The word “world” occurs six times in two verses, today, so I think it is worth exploring. In John 3:16 we read the famous line: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” In that text “world” means us, human beings, and even all of the breathtaking universe that God created. But in today’s text (John 15: 18 & 29) the “world” is everything that is opposed to Jesus. Jesus is life, light and love, and the world is their opposites: death, darkness, and hatred. And this is why the world hates us, his disciples, as it hated Jesus: “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” We may not actually suffer persecution, but we ought, at least, to find ourselves in deep disagreement with many of the values swirling around us.
In Ignatian language the world wants to move us toward riches, power and prestige/pride. Jesus urges us toward poverty, or at least responsible simple-living, powerlessness, and humility.
—Fr. Robert Braunreuther, S.J., a Jesuit of the New England province, assists in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago, where he is also minister of the Arrupe House Jesuit community.
The Risen Christ is with us this day, And he continues to need each one of you. Jesus needs your strength to continue to work. He needs your voice to continue to preach. He needs your hands to continue to bless. He needs your heart to continue to love. And Jesus needs your whole being to continue to build up his body, the Church As we believe, so let us live!
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