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Luke [12:8-12] Exhortation to Fearless Confession Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12,8-12. Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others …More
Luke [12:8-12] Exhortation to Fearless Confession

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12,8-12.
Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.
Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say.
For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say."

Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Passion of Saints Felicity and Perpetua (beginning of the 3rd century)
§ 2-3 ( trans. © Herbert Musurillo, 1972)

"Everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge"


A number of young catechumens were arrested, Revocatus and his fellow slave Felicitas, Saturninus and Secundulus, and among them Vibia Perpetua, a newly married woman of good family and upbringing. Her mother and father were still alive and one of her two brothers was a catechumen like herself. She was about twenty-two years old and had an infant son at the breast. Now from this point on the entire account of her ordeal is her own, according to her own ideas and in the way that she herself wrote it down. While we were still under arrest (she said) my father out of love for me was trying to persuade me and shake my resolution. “Father,” said I, “do you see this vase here, for example, or water-pot or whatever?” “Yes, I do”, he said. And I told him: “Could it be called by any other name than what it is?” And he said: “No”. “Well so, too, I cannot be called anything other than what I am, a Christian.” At this my father was so angered by the word “Christian” that he moved towards me as though he would pluck my eyes out. But he left it at that and departed, vanquished along with his diabolical arguments. For a few days afterwards I gave thanks to the Lord that I was separated from my father, and I was comforted by his absence. During these few days I was baptized, and I was inspired by the Spirit not to ask for any other favour after the water but simply the perseverance of the flesh. A few days later we were lodged in the prison at Carthage; and I was terrified, as I had never before been in such a dark hole (…). I was tortured with worry for my baby there (…). I tried to comfort my brother and gave the child into his charge. I was in pain because I saw them suffering out of pity for me. These were the trials I had to endure for many days. Then I got permission for my baby to stay with me in prison. At once I recovered my health, relieved as I was of my worry and anxiety over the child. My prison had suddenly become a palace, so that I wanted to be there rather than anywhere else.