Today's Collect for St. Justin Martyr
Grant us that,
having rejecteddeception and error,
we may becomesteadfast in the faith ...
Reject deception and error ...
Justin sought the vision of God through philosophy - worldly science - until he was introduced to the Word of God - the testimony of the prophets, by a holy old man. “But before anything else,” said the holy Elder, “pray diligently to God, so that He might open to you the doors of Light. No one is able to comprehend Truth, unless he is granted understanding from God Himself, Who reveals it to each one who seeks Him in prayer and in love.”
"The wicked have told me lies, but not so is your law: I spoke of your decrees before kings, and was not confounded." - Entrance Antiphon.These days especially - we are being told lies. Lies about love, marriage, gender, sexuality, and so on. There are false seers, false teachers among us.
St. Therese always said she preferred 'not to see' - not to have private revelations and visions - because faith is more meritorious. She preferred to live by faith alone, even if that meant dining at the table of sinners - participating in their faithlessness, as it were, in her dark night of faith. In this manner, little Therese associated herself with the unbelievers and the skeptics, the lowly and afflicted. Nevertheless, in some mysterious sense, the heroic charity of Therese motivated her to 'bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things' - without seeing, devoid of consolation. How many of us can sometimes find ourselves at the same table? Struggling to believe all things, hope all things, endure all things?
"Having rejected deception and error ..."
Faith enables us to do that.
The deception and error so widespread today - so much promulgated by worldly authorities and scholars and media - entering into even the high places of religious debate through compromise and the development of doctrine ...
Deception and error. Don't fall for it.