THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
DECEPTION OF THE ENEMY
March 1, 2020
Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7
To have a solid foundation, we are to be built on the Rock
that is Christ. This means that we listen to and act on his
words. We are to be obedient to God’s commands. And
how do we build on sand? This happens as we do not listen
to and act on God’s words, and worse, if we listen to
and act on the words of the devil.
is what happened to Eve and Adam. God had told them not to
eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden (Gn
3:3), but the devil told them otherwise. God said that if
they ate of this fruit they would die, “but the snake
said to the woman: ‘You certainly will not die!’”
(Gn 3:4). And the devil continued with his deception, that
if they ate of this fruit, “you will be like gods”
the deception continues. Today it is called modernism, where
the focus is on man rather than on God, where man is at the
center and God at the periphery. Today man is being told the
lie that he is at the center and not God. And especially with
advances in knowledge and technology today, man is being told
that he is the master of his destiny, that he can be like
god. But all it brings is death. Just look at transgenders
who try to reverse the sex God has given them. Many of them
today are miserable, realizing too late their mistake. Eve
saw that “the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom”
(Gn 3:6b), but all it brought was death.
devil also said that they “will be like gods, who know
good and evil.” (Gn 3:5b). Knowing good and evil signifies
moral autonomy and control over morality, which is inappropriate
for mere human beings. Today this is what is happening. Human
beings, including many Catholics and even clerics, are deciding
what is morally right or wrong, and no longer relying on the
authentic word of God and centuries-old teachings and traditions
of our Church.
Many Catholics accept abortion and even celebrate it as
Many accept homosexuality and even homosexual unions, justifying
this by claiming that there is also love in the relationship.
work at social justice, but in the process turn a blind
eye to reproductive health services (read: abortion) that
come with it.
The sin of our first parents was the original sin. We have
inherited that and are born with original sin. “Behold,
I was born in guilt, in sin my mother conceived me.”
(Ps 51:7). This is the flesh within us. Its tendency is rebellion
towards God. It leads to death. “But death reigned from
Adam to Moses” (Rom 5:14a), and “sin was in the
world” (Rom 5:13b).
Now what assaults us are not just the flesh and the world,
but also the devil. The devil continually subjects us to temptation.
He even tempted Jesus! And he cunningly uses deception. The
devil even quoted scripture in tempting Jesus (Mt 4:6).
And so it is crucial to listen to and act on the authentic
words of God, and not the deceptions of the devil. Today the
devil continues to offer us, as he did to Jesus, “all
the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence” (Mt
4:8b). We are offered materialism, sexual freedom, hedonism.
All we have to do is to prostrate ourselves before him and
worship him (Mt 4:9). Tragically, today many Catholics have
done just that. Many are confused, or have already been led
There are those who insist they are devout Catholics and
receive Holy Communion even if they are for abortion.
are those in the Church who favor giving Holy Communion
to those in irregular unions, which are states of objective
There are those who say it is up to you to decide your own
gender, when in truth God made us male and female.
So we listen to and act on God’s words, not on what
the world, the flesh and the devil tell us. Jesus resisted
the three temptations of the devil by quoting scripture each
time (Mt 4:4,7,10). And we live “by every word that
comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4b). Being
founded on the Rock that is Christ is what keeps us safe from
the deceptions of the evil one. It is the evil one who tries
to bring us down, and it is only in Jesus that we are saved,
that our house is kept from collapsing. “For if, by
the transgression of one person, death came to reign through
that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance
of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in
life through the one person Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:17).
or death? House standing or collapsing? Be built on Rock.