Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
We are indeed living in evil days.
Ten years ago, if someone had said a statue to Satan would be unveiled before the state capitol building in Little Rock, Arkansas, none of us would believe it.
But that's what happened three days ago, August 16, 2018. (See "Satan comes to Arkansas: 8½-ft Baphomet statue unveiled in state capitol")
Our Lord certainly knows and has foreseen all this. He counseled His apostles in John 15:18-19:
And in Matthew 10:16:
"“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you."
And in Matthew 10:16:
"Behold, I am sending you out
as sheep in the midst of wolves,
so be wise as serpents
and innocent as doves."
In these evil times, let us do what our Lord Jesus Christ and St. Paul counsel us to do:
- "Be wise as serpents" because our adversaries are cunning and ruthless.
- "Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise".
- Be informed: "do not continue in ignorance".
- Listen to the Holy Spirit: "try to understand what is the will of the Lord".
- Be aware, alert, and keep our minds clear: "do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery".
- Stay true and be pure of heart: "Be filled with the Spirit".
- Be joyful and sing to God, heeding St. Augustine's words that to sing is to pray twice.
- And thank God always and at all times, no matter the circumstances. Just count all the good things we have, despite the evil times and in spite of whatever evil that has befallen on us.
May the strength and peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,