Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The “Lawless One” by Fr. William Moser
I’ve never been one who wants to ignore the law of God and His Church – even if at times I perceived them narrowly or
legalistically. As I grow older, and – please God! – more mature, I have come to love the law of God and His Church. I even confess I love all the rubrics of the sacred liturgy. Yes, all of them! You see, I’m of an age – 57 – at which I have seen a lot of disobedience and dissent and downright disdain for the Church’s liturgical laws. Worse, I have seen disdain for ecclesiastical laws. And, worse yet, I’ve seen disdain for divine law as proclaimed by the Word of God and the constant teaching of the Church.
So, I’m really wondering what’s going on these days, even within high ecclesiastical circles. Jesus, perfect God and perfect man has warned us, with His fatherly heart, to read “the signs of the times.” (cf. Mt. 16:3). As I’m wondering about this, and what’s going on in the Church and civil society, so much lawlessness and Godlessness and defiance – I come across that mysterious passage in the second chapter of St. Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, wherein St. Paul speaks of “the man of lawlessness
… the son of perdition.” (cf. 2 Thess. 2:3) Chills go up and down my spine as I read his further explanation: “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work … and then the lawless one will be revealed … the coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (cf. 2 Thess. 2: 7-10)
Am I catching a whiff of sulphur these days? If St. Paul could say in his day that “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work,” (cf. 2 Thess. 2:7) what would he be saying in our day? If these are not the last days (and I’m not suggesting they are – not at all) what will it be like in the last days? No wonder people of those times would rather be dead and our Lord mercifully shortens those days!
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