Commentary on the Gospel of
The two readings are linked by contrast. On the one hand we have an example of Christian communion and Christ-like fraternal love; on the other hand, we have the world’s hatred and persecution.
The point is that the fate of the friends of Jesus and the destiny of the Master are identical. In persecution, we rise to a new level of responsibility, a new maturity. God does not limit himself to one mediator but, like Paul and Lydia, we too become witnesses to the Lord. How do I feel about my being a mediator of Christ?