But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. (NAB) Matthew 10:17-22
If we change the words a bit, this definitely would apply today to the world. There are so many people who are bringing people to court for hurts they undergo. Some may be justifiable, some just for the sake of vengeance. All because it seems to be a way of getting money. Then to be persecuted because we are Catholic and what our Faith stands for. Is God's Word talking about us today then? Everytime we go to Mass and hear God's Word don't we understand how it speaks loudly of our own lives. Do we just sit and think about the lives of a period in time that is long gone when we hear his Words. Or do we tune the Words out, just like we have selective hearing when it's something we don't want to hear. Are we really afraid to be reminded, that when we hear God's Word that he is talking about us, because we choose to follow other ideals, that take us farther away from him.
Come near, fear not, we are his, in the end we shall be saved.