Tuesday, July 7
Prepare yourself for battle
The devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Get to know the evil temptations in your life, such as looking for a scapegoat for your troubles, finding the easy way out, indulging in your desires to an excess, or dismissing the humanity of another. Anyone who has studied the Holocaust, slavery and human trafficking, or right-to-life issues knows that evil actions start with little moral concessions that build into great crimes against humanity. Saint Paul urges Christians to put on the “full armor of God” in the fight against evil.” The sole element of that armor is love.
Today’s readings: Genesis 32:23-33; Matthew 9:32-38 (384). “A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.”