“LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3)
📖2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10, 11-12ab, 12b-13 (R.v.13b); Matt 23:23-26
One of the signs of the end time that Jesus enlisted when he was asked by his disciples is this: “Many will come using my name, and saying: ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people” (Matt 24:5). Hence he warned them, “Be on your guard and let no one mislead you” (Matt 24:4). St. Paul repeated the same warning to us today just as he did to the Thessalonians (cf. 2 Thess 2:3).
Unfortunately, many a time, we are indeed the ones who run to evil one begging to be deceived. This happens when we impatiently rush after miracles at the hands of some fake pastors.
Let us be warned! What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? (Mark 8:36).The devil cannot give you any gift without taking something very important in you. Be careful!
St. Augustine, whose memorial we celebrate today, was a man who was deceived to a great length by his quest for knowledge. He kept seeking happiness in things of the world but was losing it until he found it in Christ. It doesn’t matter how far you are away from Christ, just take a step back to him like Augustine, and you shall find peace for your soul.
May God give us the grace and strength to withstand the ploys of the evil one and seek Christ alone and so gain eternal life in the end. Amen.
Have a beautiful and grace-filled day ahead. Peace be with you.