Here’s a portion of today’s Gospel reading which happened to fall on the eve of July 4th –
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
So, on the eve of the celebration of our independence – while our liberty is threatened as never before – we have this portion of the Gospel proclaimed to us.
What if there was a nexus of this sabbath reading in relation to the Catholic Church, the United States, and July 4th? What if the lectionary cycle landed on a reading that warned us of Biblical evil in our day, or specifically in our own country? Could Gospel readings cycle in a way that would alert us to something, or someone if things reached a critical stage?
Of course it could.
Just to note – this is an opinion piece based on facts, not a condemnation.
As you may have noticed, the current ‘president’ is trying to position himself as the next head of the United Nations. If he managed to secure that position, he would immediately have approximately 1.5 billion constituents – namely muslims. This would be a disaster for the entire world. First and foremost, you can be sure he would move to make any criticism of islam a crime, and the multitudes of corrupt, depraved politicians (excluding Donald Trump and a handful more) would undoubtedly follow his lead. In effect, this would institute sharia law worldwide.
Don’t underestimate this – he already demanded it while speaking to the U.N. after the Benghazi attack which occurred on September 11, 2012 –
Folks, just because he peppers in some pandering remarks about Christians…don’t be fooled. The priority for this man has been and always will be islam, and we can NEVER give up our free expression no matter whom it may offend. This is very dangerous territory and a tyranny in the making. Christians may ‘offend’ muslims, but muslims are literally killing Christians. There is absolutely no comparison between the two cultural dynamics.
We know Jesus described satan as the ‘prince of this world’ almost 2,000 years ago. With that in mind, and the portion of today’s Scripture which I bolded above, review (if you haven’t before) the next video –
It seems so absurd, doesn’t it? But who can argue with Scripture? And if you heard Jesus quote that passage today, wouldn’t you say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, Lord! What was that you just said?’