Apostasy in Public View
THURSDAY: Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Apostasy in Public View
The appearance of the proverbial beast has changed but apostasy is still rampant. Impiety disguises itself, conducive to the times. Disloyalty to God, defection from the faith, the thrusts toward self-glorification are proliferating. Our present-day leaders are no different from the Maccabean era. Personality cultism is still common. People are still enacting laws supportive of their ideology, which contradict the laws of God, faith and Christian morals. The consequences of such tendencies are destructive. Vigilance is important in this regard since in our time each man and woman is vying to a King Antiochus.
A phallic religion is in the making. Sexuality is the new deity; emotionalism is our new spirituality; hedonism is our form of communion. Individualism is our new god and goddess. God and Christ, Christian morality, sacred traditions are trampled upon with clam indifference. Impiety has become the order of the day. Christians are renouncing their baptismal commitment to Christ to join the charade. We are behaving like the commissioner of King Antiochus who desecrated the altar. Remember! The commander met his untimely demise at the hands of Mattathias who declared war against the impieties committed by Antiochus and his foot soldiers (1Mac.2:15-29).
Christ, likewise, in empathy lamented over the lack of faith he witnessed in Jerusalem. The disregard of his miracles and his rejection in Jerusalem irked Christ (Lk.19:41-44). A close look as human behaviour at present confirms there is an ongoing apostasy. Irreverence and immorality are commonplace. Faith and Christian values are under threat. The desecration of the temples of God is widespread (1Cor.6:19). Obeisance to human sexuality has prominence over the divine voice and the rule of conscience.
Purity has lost its value, today. On October 29, 2019, despite parents’ disapproval “Austin Independent School District” in Texas voted “for teaching children as early as middle school how to engage in sodomy and put on condoms, that gender is “non-binary,” and more. The School District further “proposes various role-play scenarios for children to act out in class, including lesbians deciding when to engage in oral sex and how to handle the aftermath of a drunken sexual encounter.” Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite News, October 31, 2019, filed this report. This is humanism and hedonism unabashed.
God and Christ are ousted from the classroom. The living stones building up the temple of God are willfully desecrated. Who will take up the challenge like Mattathias and of Christ to wage war against the impieties of our time and to weep over the faithlessness of our generation?
O God, have mercy upon us. Strengthen us that we may take up the mantle of faith and face the challenges before us with hope and with courage that you will not fail us in our battle against sin