It is not easy to be a disciple of Christ and to strive to follow God’s law. It can often lead others to make fun of us, ridicule us, and even stir up great anger towards us. The readings today tell us not to be afraid. We are not above our master, Jesus Christ, who himself was mocked, beaten, and crucified for just helping others and speaking the truth. We are assured, though, that God will be with us during those difficult times, and he will reward us for being steadfast followers of his son. Evil men and women can destroy our reputations, our careers, and even our lives, but they cannot destroy our souls. If we place our trust in God, he will protect our souls and join them to himself in everlasting life. So do not be afraid.