Appropriate reasons for our opinions, great deception
The heading gives us the reality of many lives. Justify ourselves in our own egos. It is the great deception. Look where it gets us; into a place where we are owned by our own opinion which is afflicted and twisted by our passions. We can do no wrong, since it feels so good. Look at ourselves we are sinful and from sin comes a denial of our goodness and a decent into depravity to some depth. Just as our charitable merits, when in a state of grace raises us up towards God, then sinful acts of depravity lowers us to that place where the scriptures tell us, the pit closes its mouth around us.
Look at the natures which God's grace gives us when as Genesis says Man and Woman He made us. What better place to examine ourselves than to contemplate the Passion, or if we are not yet in the place in our prayer life that calls for Silence and Contemplation, then meditate upon the actions of men and women during this time when the world was possessed and owned by wickedness. A time when the basic actions due to grace became very apparent. Women pitied and men descended to a degree less than animals and demonstrated very ably what depravity looks like.
Look at Veronica, standing amongst dreadful man, screaming and hurling all kinds of filth that their minds and hands could hold, she gave her veil in pity and bravery to wipe His face. Look at the Daughters of Jerusalem not of the Palestinian City but of His new Church who came forward in love. Who were these women that from scriptures the Roman Centurion took one look and stepped aside? Look at the women at the Cross who in the grossness of human words stood by their Man, who was God.
Look at the majority of the taunters, men whom only the authority of Rome held back. As David said you pierced my hands and my feet, and numbered all my bones. Yet not a bone was broken. Men who allowed themselves to go beyond decent and respectful behavior used every action they could to humiliate their Victim. Why so? Men at war, and it was a spiritual war, have been known since time began unless disciplined by their leaders to commit atrocities on their victims or those they defeat and hold to be so much less than themselves. What kind of depravities He suffered at the hands of the temple guards and jewish crowds we shall never know until it suits God that we should. That time for knowing must be soon and if He tells us it is for our own good. God will and does use every strategy He can to make sure the Passion Death and the shedding of the Blood of the Lamb for our salvation is not wasted. It is part of His Justice and Righteousness, His perfect fairness.
Like those who lived and watched Christ prove His Lineage through miracles and teaching, we put aside Him today and in our opinions, we make Him less than our Savior, to be more acceptable to us. We call it ecumenism and accommodation. What He wanted for us we have changed to what we say He wanted. Just as His presence in Jerusalem then was denied so His presence in the Jerusalem of today is dismissed and a personal Lord of each individual life has arisen, a new Easter that suits us. He is for many, not the Christ that existed. Like the Jerusalem of yesterday that claimed he was not God because man killed Him, we kill Him literally in our Jerusalem because he would not have said or done that but He did this I believe because my heart tells me so. Our new common belief for which we will pay harshly.
Do we we see depravity in our Catholic Church? Turn this question over in your minds and see for example the destruction of God's creation in abortions and euthanasia. Many commentaries of exorcism state that infanticide and sacrilegious communions lead to possession. The Church admits to congregational possession. What do each of you think of or see in the Church today. The question is for some of these prelates, priests and laity. Should they be excommunicated or exorcised? Which will save their soul, do you think?
Print this out and ask your bishop and your parish priest is there any veracity in these words.
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