From the First Reading for Today:
1 Tm 6:3-5
Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Those who seek the pleasures of this world and teach that happiness can only be found in hedonistic pleasures will only find heartbreak and misery. Those who tell these lies will suffer greatly -- both in this life and the next. The abortionist who kills the child for profit and says he is doing so out of compassion for the mother, the person who sodomizes for his own perverse pleasure and tells others it is "love", and the spouse who kills the one he promised to protect, to love, and cherish for all of their days, but says he loves his wife and is doing it for her own good all have one thing in common -- they are all liars. They are all products of the culture of death. They lie and begin to believe their lies. The evil one confuses them and it is soon difficult for them to discern the truth. They quickly lose their morals. Like a cancer, the deception spreads and begins to control their actions. They become corrupt, conceited, and confused, wanting to argue with others, but not having a leg to stand on. Those who are rooted in the truth can easily see through their lies. Because their perceptions of reality have become so distorted and twisted, envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and friction become a routine part of their lives. They suffer miserably now here on earth, but their suffering for all eternity will be so much greater if we do not lead them to the truth.
Let us pray for those who cling to these lies -- that the Lord will remove the scales from their eyes that they may clearly gaze upon His face and find the truth there and that He will open their ears to His truth found in the Scriptures. Let us also ask the Lord to keep us ever faithful to Him and to protect us from all the cancerous lies and deception that are rampant in this culture of death. Let us keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus and our hearts rooted in Him.
"Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death; to lead our feet in the path of peace."
~ from the Canticle for the Morning Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours
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