The world is fraught with a lot of dangers.
>> There are physical, social, emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational dangers etc.
Most of the time, we are aware of these dangers, and we take means and measures, to be protected from them, and to keep ourselves free from harm.
But there is also an most important area – Spiritual Dangers – of which, many of us…
… either remain ignorant
… or don’t pay much attention
… or take it very lightly.
Today, the Gospel discusses one of the most powerful dangers, in Spiritual Life: DECEPTION!
The power of this danger lies in the fact that it is very “subtle”, very “tricky” and apparently appears to be highly “good”!
The Lord begins today’s Gospel with the word, BEWARE! (Mt 7:15)
Am I really on the watch, with respect to my spiritual life, or I am, exposing myself to the Deceptive techniques of Satan?
There is an extremely deceptive way, in which Eskimos in the North Pole kills an animal… especially a wolf…
The Eskimo coats a very-sharp knife with animal blood & allows it to freeze.
>> Then he adds another layer of blood & another & another – until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood.
Next, the hunter fixes this blood-coated knife in the ground with the enticing sharp edge of the blade upwards.
When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent…
… he begins to lick it, tasting the fresh, frozen blood.
>> Then he licks faster, more & more voraciously, lapping the blood until the knife edge is almost bare.
So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf is mysteriously unaware of the naked blade on his own tongue…
… nor does he recognize the instant at which his thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood.
Unknowingly, his life leaks away…as his craving for the tempting blood increases….
>> A Dead wolf!
All from the suicidal blade…
…caused by the great and cunning technique of Deception!
We have in the world, today…
>> Many religious philosophies
>> Varied spiritual methods
>> Attractive theological views
… which present Religion and Pathways to God in a very alluring, charming and pleasant way.
But let us give heed to the Cry of the Lord… BEWARE!
>> Let us not bleed away our precious spiritual life!
Are we a seeking a Life without the Cross and the Crucified Lord?
>> Are we fascinated to a Prosperity Gospel which glorifies richness & success & good social life…
… but nothing on repentance, virtuous life & inner holiness?
Let us also BEWARE…
… of the books we read
… of the talks we engage in
… of the music & the songs we delight in
… of the jokes we indulge in
… of the habits we occupy ourselves with
Are they in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves?
>> We need to BEWARE!
Jesus said… ” By their fruits, you will know them..”! (Mt 7:16)
What are these fruits?
>> St Paul tells us in Gal 5:22: “The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control!”
Let us always be on the watch…
Let us give great heed to the words of St Irenaeus, the 2nd century Church Father and Apologist:
“Error, indeed is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected.
>> But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced more true than truth itself.”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “The declared enemies of God and His Church, heretics and schismatics, must be criticized as much as possible…
… as long as truth is not denied.
>> It is a work of charity to shout: ‘Here is the wolf!’ when it enters the flock or anywhere else.