SSS:Gospel Commentary for the 3rd-4th Week in Ordinary Time-Luke 21:12-19
After describing the difficulties that his followers must be ready to undergo, Jesus tells them, “By your patience you will win your souls.” Other translations speak of “perseverance” and preserving our life. The ideas of patience and perseverance are especially useful for us. In Filipino, we talk of “ningas kogon”. It is the quick fire that burns off the dry hillside grass, which is quickly kindled and even more quickly extinguished. It is a very common trait of ours to begin but not to finish. In the spiritual life, we must consciously work for perseverance. No worthy goal is achieved without trials. So when difficulties arise in the pursuit of a worthy project, such as a divine calling or a work of charity, let us continue on in spite of difficulties.