It was this last phrase that sat me up bolt upright in my chair even at 5:15 a.m. In reflecting on the reading about the end-time I wasn’t really expecting to find anything that would point so directly at me and the way I live. But there it was, this little phrase “This will give you an opportunity to testify.” This translation from the New Revised Standard Version captures the meaning of the Greek nicely. Another way of saying it might be: “This situation [of being handed over for trial] will give you a chance to bear witness.”
After the usual first step of asking what the sacred writer originally meant by the passage, my next step was to ask what the sentence means for me today in my own life. Not only was the answer immediately clear, it also followed me throughout the day. I began to see lots of “opportunities to bear witness” to Christ and to God’s boundless love for us.
|Augustine and the Donatists|
This sounds like a great way to spend Advent, a practical way to “prepare the way for the Lord.”
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