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(Part 203)


November 11, 2016

Today’s readings:
2 John 4-9
Psalm 119:1-18
Luke 17:26-37

One of the main considerations and motivation for the New Evangelization is the reality that we are in the end times. Though we do not know when the end will come, the signs, given by Jesus himself, are clearly there. So we must be vigilant and prepared.

One of the major signs of the end is the appearance of false prophets. “Many deceivers have gone out into the world” (2 Jn 7a). They are those who offer another way of salvation other than through Jesus. They are “those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” (2 Jn 7b). They deceive people, who then turn away from Christ and the salvation he brings. “Such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.” (2 Jn 7c).

Today part of that deceit is political correctness, promoted by the liberals or progressives or modernists in our Church. This is the teaching that we should just accept sinners but not talk about their sin. Such is false mercy, as the sinner continues with his sin and ultimately goes to hell. Progressives or liberals are not to be followed for they teach a false gospel, contrary to the clear teachings of Jesus. “Anyone who is so ‘progressive’ as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God” (2 Jn 9a).

How do we know what is the authentic teaching of Jesus? We go to the Bible, which contains the very words of God, and in particular in the New Testament, which contains the very words of Jesus. The Bible contains the law of God, giving instruction for people to live by. In the Psalms, there are different words for “instruction” such as law, testimony, way, precept, statute, commandment, judgment and word (Ps 119:1-7,16).

Knowing God’s law is crucial for our Christian walk, so that our “way is blameless” (Ps 119:1a), we “do no wrong” (Ps 119:3a), “the young keep his way without fault” (Ps 119:9a), and we “may live” (Ps 119:17a). As such, we must truly appreciate the scriptures for their infinite value. We embrace God as we embrace His word. “With all my heart I seek you” (Ps 119:10a). We value what we learn. “In my heart I treasure your promise” (Ps 119:11a). In God’s word “I find joy” (Ps 119:14a) and “I take delight” (Ps 119:16a). We make our prayer: “Open my eyes to see clearly the wonders of your law.” (Ps 119:18).

The end will come unexpectedly, with people engrossed in the affairs of the world. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.” (Lk 17:26-30).

How will the end come? A massive earthquake that generates a massive tsunami that will flood the whole world? Nuclear war with fiery destruction raining down from the sky? What matters is that one is prepared. One must not try to salvage or to look back on what was before (Lk 17:31-32). With the end of life as we know it, new life will begin. “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” (Lk 17:33).

We must try to help save as many as we can, beginning with those closest to us. This could be about husband and wife, “two people in one bed” (Lk 17:34a) or two close friends, “two women grinding meal together” (Lk 17:35a). The tragedy would be that “one will be taken, the other left.” (Lk 17:34b,35b).

This then is the work of the New Evangelization. This is about knowing the truth and walking according to God’s ways. When we help people in this way, it should bring us great joy. “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children waling in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father.” (2 Jn 4). Together in love, we then all “walk according to his commandments” (2 Jn 6a).

This commandment is not what false prophets teach, or what progressives in the Church advocate, but rather, “this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk.” (2 Jn 6b). I assure you, “whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.” (2 Jn 9b). And salvation.

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