by Deacon Dennis Langdon
…. “Allow me to be a guy for a moment. I have always been enamored by the preparation sports teams go through in preparation for their upcoming opponent….”
Allow me to be a guy for a moment. I have always been enamored by the preparation sports teams go through in preparation for their upcoming opponent. Offensive coaches have large play sheets that seem to have every play for every situation their opponent may throw at them, defensive coaches, the same. How can we deceive the opponent when they do this or that? Give them this look when we are really going to do something opposite. But what happens when they do something out of the ordinary? Are we prepared for everything?
Today we hear Jesus tell his disciples “Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all you adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute”(LK 21:13). Wonder how those coaches, who prepare so hard, would handle these words? We all know the power of the Satan, the true enemy of this world. You see it is not people that we seem to be at odds with but the power of Satan, acting through the human condition, that we battle everyday. No amount of plays on a play sheet will ever be enough to counter his attack on the human race. Jesus knows that Satan is far too cunning for us to battle alone. He, Satan, is much better prepared than we could ever imagine! “I myself will give you a wisdom in speaking”. Do you know your real enemy? It’s not your neighbor! The evil one is far too powerful for us to fight on our own and Jesus knows that, but we have on our play sheet, the answer “Jesus”.
“Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord or glorify your name?”(Rv. 15:3)What a great and powerful God we have who does not allow us to fall prey to the evil one if we only “persevere”. Thank you God!