Recently, a pro-life activist walked into Google’s headquarters and delivered a compelling speech about abortion. Her speech at Google’s headquarters was part of the Talks at Google series, a program that brings a variety of speakers to the company’s headquarters to discuss their work. It may sound like a joke or perhaps this is something like what Jesus said in today’s Gospel, throwing your pearls before swine. What is the point of talking about abortion in front of a crowd in the Silicon Valley, which is known for harboring a more liberal mindset?
Jesus’ command, not to cast your pearls before swine, does not mean we have to refrain from preaching the Gospel before hostile crowds. Jesus Himself repeatedly dialogues with sinners and tax collectors. This command is similar to what Jesus said to his disciple that “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.” As the disciples of Christ, we must have courage to share the Gospel with everyone, including our enemies. We do not have control on how they respond to the Gospel. We have to move on if some people reject the good news like swine that do not appreciate pearls.
How do you respond to Jesus’ command? Is there any “pearl” that you want to share with people around you? Do you have some fear to share the good news to people around you? Speak to God now about any desire you might be experiencing in your journey of faith, and how you could move forward.