whoever is ashamed

"For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." (Lk 9.26)

It seems odd, but it is sometimes very hard not to be ashamed about speaking Jesus' words to people. In the face of real suffering the promises sometimes seem so unreal (and unrealizable) that they can easily sound ridiculous, or even cruel.

I'm struggling not to be shamed into silence.