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<< Thursday, November 24, 2016 >> St. Andrew Dung-Lac
& the Vietnamese Martyrs

Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9
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Psalm 100:1-5 Luke 21:20-28
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"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!" —Revelation 18:2

The Scripture readings for today's Eucharist do not seem appropriate for Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.A., especially the reference to "every filthy and disgusting bird" (Rv 18:2). Nevertheless, the Bible here is probably not referring to a turkey, but to the condition of Babylon, which "is a cage for every unclean spirit" (Rv 18:2).

In Revelation, Babylon refers to Rome. Today, it possibly refers to the anti-Christian system of secular humanism. The Lord is telling us to break all ties with Babylon. Otherwise, we will be led astray by her sorcery (Rv 18:23). We must be crucified to the worldly ways of secular humanism (see Gal 6:14). Although we live in the world, the Lord has chosen us out of the world (Jn 15:19). He commands us to "have no love for the world, nor the things that the world affords" (1 Jn 2:15). If we are set upon the things of the world, we become enemies of the cross (Phil 3:18-19) and enemies of God (Jas 4:4). We must make no provision for the worldly, carnal influences of secular humanism (see Rm 13:14).

On this Thanksgiving Day, let's reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. Let's reject Babylon, secular humanism, and sin. Let's live for Jesus alone.

Prayer: Father, may I escape from Babylon's cage by giving my life to Your Son, Jesus.
Promise: "When these things begin to happen, stand erect and hold your heads high, for your deliverance is near at hand." —Lk 21:28
Praise: St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Peter Thi were beheaded for being priests. They joyfully accepted their sentence, glad to be judged as worthy of ill-treatment for Jesus (Acts 5:41).
(For a related teaching on God's Wrath and Punishment, order, listen to or download our CD 69-1 or DVD 69 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 69-1 or video V 69.)
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