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'Seeing Through the Deceptions'

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, "I am he," and "The time has come." Do not follow them!

- Luke 21:8

Even before his earthly ministry was over, Jesus knew his words and actions would be distorted, misinterpreted and used unscrupulously. He knew there would be those who claim to speak in his name. There would be those who profess to be followers of Christ but their actions have nothing to do with the gospel.
Today, Christian charlatans are everywhere. Television, Internet, radio and print all traffic in all sorts of apocalyptic predictions and conspiracies. So much of it is fearmongering, a scam, an appeal for money, or political subterfuge. The truth of Jesus' message has nothing to do with money or sowing fear. It has nothing to do with amassing political power. It has to do with love and mercy and compassion and a deep commitment to the poor. Do not be deceived!

- Paul Pennick
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