OUR STORY …
It was early in the morning, and Herman was already awake. He was thinking about the time he had spent with his friends from Chucktown the night before. He loved that special time each week.
The group gets together every week and has fun talking, mostly about the Bible and things going on in the world around them. Last night was very insightful to Herman, especially the part about the “talking serpent.” It had never occurred to the little mouse that Eve probably had no idea snakes couldn’t talk. How could she have known! The snakes and the people too, they were all kind of new.
IT IS WRITTEN …
The Bible tells us that the serpent deceived Eve (Gen 3:1-24). She and Adam trusted the serpent and relied on their own five senses more than they believed the Word of God. It was a huge mistake, so big that it still affects the human race to this day.
The lessons from that story are simple and clear. First, there really is Evil in the world, and it is highly intelligent. And second, all Evil needs to gain power is a voice and an ear that’s willing to listen.
Once Evil has its audience, it will take a person further than they want to go, hold them longer than they want to be captive, and make them pay more than they can afford to pay. Evil truly is — well, evil!
LIFE GOES ON …
So, Herman thought, what if evil were trying to talk to us today? Surely, Evil is too clever to appear again as a snake. These days, almost everyone knows that snakes can’t talk. More than likely, Evil would come disguised as something else.
Perhaps Evil would show up as another person, Herman thought. Or maybe it would take on the image of some kind of technology, or even a vague concept, such as media.
Either way, because Evil is not creative, the pattern would always be the same. Evil needs a voice and an ear willing to listen. It would come on the scene with lies — the bigger, the better. It would deceive people and divide them. It would do everything it could to confuse people, keep them in darkness, and block the truth. That is how evil operates, and Evil will never change.
There is an antidote for Evil. The antidote is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). It is full of love because it is Love itself (1 John 4:16). It is the Word of God (John 1:1). The antidote is Jesus.
When you’ve finally had enough, when you realize that you can’t get out of this by yourself, that’s the time to turn to Jesus. Don’t worry. He loves you, and he’ll be waiting for you.
You can trust in Jesus. You really can.
That’s our story and we’re sticking! It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B.