Scripture – Crushing God’s Anointed

Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples entertain folly? The kings of the earth took their stand and the princes gathered together against the Lord and against his anointed. (Today’s First Reading)

As the early Church began to bud, they faced immediate persecution from their religious leaders. Wherever the anointing of God went, so too, did the spirit of control to quench, silence, and crush the Spirit of God. For the Word of Godthe words of the prophets—were considered chains to be broken and bonds to be torn asunder.

Let us break their fetters and cast their bonds from us! (Today’s Psalm)

Before the coming Era of Peace, the prophet Isaiah warned that a time would come when people would prefer darkness to light and trust more in the oppression and control of the State than in the liberating Word of God that could bring entire nations to authentic freedom and order based on His commandments:

For they are a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who will not hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, “See not”; and to the prophets, “Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more of the Holy One of Israel.” Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, “Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely on them; therefore this iniquity shall be to you like a break in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse, whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant…” (Isaiah 30:9-13)

And if there is to be a persecution, perhaps it will be then; then, perhaps, when we are all of us in all parts of Christendom so divided, and so reduced, so full of schism, so close upon heresy. When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then [Antichrist] will burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. Then suddenly the Roman Empire may break up, and Antichrist appear as a persecutor, and the barbarous nations around break in. —Blessed John Henry Newman, Sermon IV: The Persecution of Antichrist

As the long predicted collapse of the global economy continues to unfold at this hour (see the “third seal” in our Timeline) and the nations (and many churchmen) continue to surrender their liberty and independence to the “masters who know best,” let us, rather, turn to Jesus with childlike trust, as did one of the few Pharisees, Nicodemus…

He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God…” (Today’s Gospel)

…and listen to, test, and retain what is good from the prophets in our midst. (cf. 1 Thess 5:20-21)

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