“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:19).

Besides our association with Jesus, whom the world hates, what is most problematic for the world, and its enmity for all his true followers, is that “you are not of the world.” That is, you have rejected their system, structure, game, and rat race for living. It is the refusal to “dumb down” life, settling for lower and temporal things; aspiring, instead, for higher and eternal things, fitting to the call of God upon our lives. Like the proverbial crab trap, the masses always seek to pull down, and keep among them, anyone trying to escape a mundane existence.

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