“You are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking.” People may misinterpret this to mean that Christians need not instruct themselves in the ways of the faith. If Jesus is going to give us wisdom in speaking, then do we not have to worry about reading the Bible or the Catechism, forming our consciences, or understanding Church teaching?
We can contrast this interpretation with what Jesus says elsewhere in this reading: “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!” and later “You will be hated by all because of my name… By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” If Jesus wants us not to be deceived, this implies that we truly know our faith before the events He describes unfold. If we are to persevere in being true to His name, and not to follow the many false second-coming messiahs, we need to truly know Him and the Church He founded which teaches by His authority.
With the growing popularity of atheism, same-sex “marriage,” and anti-Catholicism, persecutions and harassment will come. Are you prepared to stand up for His name?