I was set on fire by the reading today, and I hope that by the grace of God I am used to stoke this fire in the hearts of everyone who reads this today. For some it will be hard to hear. I’m sorry for your feelings and I hope that you forgive me.
In the gospel for today’s Mass readings, Jesus says the words that are included in my title for today’s post. This is his reaction to hearing that John the Baptist had been arrested. (Matthew 4:17). From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,k “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Also, in the first reading for today’s Mass readings, we hear about the testing of spirits. In John’s letter he goes so far to say that those that do not believe are the antichrist…Is that you? You be the judge:
Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.a2This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God,b3and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus* does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world. (1 John 4:1-3)
I am left with one question for anyone who may come across this post…Do you question the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist? Do you preach against it, like Catholics are a cannabolistic cult society that believes that eating people’s flesh is somehow sacred? Do you not understand and thereby plead ignorance and say it must not matter and it must not be necessary to my faith in Jesus?
Read John 6:66, and then read the above letter from the same Saint John the evangelist that wrote it…I did, and I am left with the distinct impression that anyone who stands against this teaching is the antichrist!
Lord, I pray for all those lost souls that have been led astray by false prophets, I pray that in the spirit of repentance that you will send the holy Spirit down upon us all and keep us faithful to your teaching and your truth. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!