Joy is getting harder and harder to come by these days. We’re surrounded by evil day and night.
Joy is getting harder and harder to come by these days. Were surrounded by evil day and night.And what surrounded Our Lord and the Apostles at Golgotha?
He expects it to be darkest before the dawn, so should we.
As it was since Adam and Eve. The Prince of the Air runs this world for a time, but subordinate to The Lord. We can choose the way of the world or the way of the Word. Choose wisely!
We need to ask Jesus to give us JOY in our earthly journey. Our theology teaches us that this world is steeped in evil but it is conquered by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are helpless on our own, we have no good without Him but with Him who can be against us?
An excellent point! Have you noticed that it is no longer local but global? I can't help but recall the Pro Eligendo homily delivered by then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on April 18, 2005 before the cardinals met in conclave to elect the next pope. Referring to the 2nd reading, Eph 4: 14, he said:
How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.
Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine", seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires.
Those words were spoken only 8 years ago. Since then, we have watched in awed amazement, the collapse of society around us. 8 years! Less than the blink of an eye in terms of man's existence.
We are surrounded by evil but we know our Conquerer - Jesus Christ. We cannot stand by as idle witnesses; we must immerse ourselves in prayer to prepare for this battle.
Wishing you and yours a Blessed Palm Sunday!