The early Christian community was characterized by love and fraternal charity (Acts. 2:42). But some Christian gatherings of these days as St. James put it are, “where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is also disorder and every kind of evil.” (James 3: 16).

The devil has won for himself disciples to spread his heinous activities and sin is now rationalised. The world is filled with false philosophies of Life. No wonder, Fredrick Nietzsche said, “…. we have killed God”.This claim doesn’t mean that we have killed the person of God, but that God is dead in our hearts. He is no longer the anchor and principal guide of our lives. We have now assumed masters of ourselves. God is no longer the moral giver. What is good and evil is now relative. We have become blind due to the works of the agent of darkness around us. Richard Ehusani says, “Our vision is now blurred by greed and inordinate ambition for power and prestige, or rendered opaque by the culture of materialism and crass individualism… Our world is blinded by sin, individual and social sin, sin committed in the privacy of our hearts, and sin committed in public and through public policy. Yes, we live in a world of multitude of blind leaders and blind followers.” Dearly Beloved, these should not be found amongst Christians because Christ calls you: “A light of the nations” haven been called into the wonderful light of Christ in your baptism. St. Paul admonishes us thus, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities and their dark powers that govern the world. We are struggling against the spirits and supernatural forces of evil.”(Eph 6:12-18). Above all, we must go down on our kneels in prayers and fasting to stop the devil from misleading God’s children. (Eph. 6: 12-18).

Take this prayer of St. Agatha, “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart and know my desires. You alone possess all that I am. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.”

MASS: RED2 Mac 7: 1. 20-31; Ps 17: 1. 5-6. 8.15(R.15b); Accl Jn 15:16; Lk 19: 11-28ST. CECILIA, V, MT M

Prayer points:

1. Thank the Lord for exposing you to His Word this day.

2. Ask the Lord for pardon for the many times that you have engaged in any evil deed.

3. Take this prayer of St. Agatha, “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart and know my desires. You alone possess all that I am. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil.”

4. Pray seriously: Lord, take away from my eyes the blinders that make me not to differentiate between good and evil.

5. Pray for the release of souls who have been plunged into the abyss of sins.

6. Pray against every evil inhabiting the gathering of God’s people.

Exercise: Identify one evil deed that you are accustomed to and make move to stop it.

Meditation: Ps. 59:5

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