This could be called the lament of the remnant. Those who have stood up for the Pope, the Church, Christ in the world have met with the attitudes of the unbelievers who hate the very truth spoken.
Are you hated? Good. This means you are living the Gospel life according to the precepts of God and His Church. Are you criticized? Good. This means the pagans hate what you stand for in the market place. Too many Catholics want to "go with the flow". Today's readings show us the opposite is true.
Those who hate God will hate those who call themselves sons and daughters of God, but through baptism, this is who we are.
Those who cooperate with malice end up malicious and choosing hell, where those who hate regret their hate forever.
On this first day of spring, let us rejoice in all types of persecution. It means we are doing what we have been called to do.