Therefore, the wisdom of God said, “I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute” Luke 11:49 NABRE
Jesus is critical of religious leaders who care more about themselves than those who are entrusted to their care. Jesus points out that they have followed in the footsteps of their ancestors who killed many prophets sent by God. Jesus points to all the prophets destroyed because they taught God’s message. Though the religious leaders seem to honor these prophets by building memorials to them, they in fact prefer to keep them dead and buried. Jesus says they will continue to kill and persecute those sent by God, including Jesus as well as the prophets and apostles in the early Church. It is not just the religious leaders but the current generation that Jesus warns. Jesus warns “this generation” will not pass away with the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem itself which happens at the hands of the Romans approximately forty years after Jesus prediction.
It is appealing to try and eliminate or destroy those voices we do not want to hear. Today we have become known as a “cancel culture” deleting people raising their voices with an opposite message of our own thinking. We no longer listen to one another respectfully, we label them as some kind of radical, rebel or idiot and we remove them from our lives as much as possible. We have this cancel approach thanks mostly to social media providing a platform for people to speak their mind no matter if they speak facts or opinion. Free flowing ideas from almost everyone has created a division making us a divided culture. Jesus would point to each of us and declare we are killing and persecuting those sent by God. We must remember we are all children of God.
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