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Friday, April 03, 2009

Nothing New Under the Sun . . .

We are one week away from Good Friday. As our well-spoken President makes his European tour, and we see all manner of unholy attacks on religion, life and family before us in the name of progress and "enlightenment," let us not despair. Remember that, truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Man's fallen nature has brought forth familiar fruits in all ages. King David might just as easily have written Psalm 12 this very day (from today's morning prayers):

1 Help, LORD; for there is no longer any that is godly; for the faithful have vanished from among the sons of men.

2 Every one utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,

4 those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is our master?"

5 "Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."

6 The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

7 Do thou, O LORD, protect us, guard us ever from this generation.

8 On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

As we move through Palm Sunday and enter Holy Week, let us turn our thoughts away from the things of this world, even as we recount how the world turned on Christ after praising him with worldly praise. Triumph is assured! Christ has died for our sins and has opened the gates of Heaven. These passing attacks on His Kingdom will be melted away. We must act, but let us act always in the Hope of Christ and of His promised Victory.

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