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Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Taking advice from bad people. Getting bad advice is one thing. Taking it from bad people is the worst possible thing anyone could ever do to themselves.
It’s one thing to be led astray. It’s another to be intentionally led astray. Nothing good comes from those who wish to see a good person harmed.
Be careful of the people you hang out with. Misery loves company. If you find it easy to gossip with your friends, then be careful of your friends. As the saying goes: “Those who gossip with you will gossip about you.”
The Pharisees wanted Christ dead, even before there was ever talk of a trial. So they went to evil people because they sought evil advice.
What do I seek? Who do I ask?
Taking advice from good people. Do I seek God? If so, then go to those who are religious, who seek God with a sincere heart. Do not go to someone who mocks and ridicules our Lord and His believers. You will not find God there. Do I seek to understand the Catholic faith? Then read Catholic authors. No one in their right mind would go and read a book about Catholicism from a non-Catholic.
And if your heart still makes you wonder what to believe in, then take the advice of the Lord. Do what He would do. Say what He would say. Live like He Lives! (86)