"They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you."
How easy it is for us to accuse the Apostles of being a bumbling gang of backward cowards, afraid of their own shadows. But I wonder what my reaction would be to someone telling me "whoever kills you will think he is offering a service to God." I know I'd like to think that I would never deny my Lord, but if the small tests I face on a daily basis are any indication of that, I have no room to poke fun at the Disciples. If I am lacking courage in the small things, how would I ever expect to have them in the greater?The mistake, of course, is to think that on my own I can do anything. If faced with the trials that the Apostles met, my only hope, as was theirs, would be complete reliance on the Holy Spirit.