May 2, St. Athanasius
Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations. — Psalm 96:3
Mass Readings: Acts 15:7-21/John 15:9-11
Defenders of Truth
Threats to the Church aren’t always from outside; often, threats arising from within are more damaging. Jewish insistence that Gentiles submit to the rite of circumcision (Acts 15:1) was one such threat, which subtly undermined the truth that salvation is by grace through faith. Peter, Paul, Barnabas and James defend this truth at the very first Church Council described in today’s first reading. In 325, at the Council of Nicaea, St. Athanasius responded to the threat of Arianism (which cast doubt on Christ’s divinity) by passionately defendding the doctrine that Jesus was “consubstantial [of the same substance] with the Father” — a truth we profess today every time we say the Creed.
Same-sex marriages, euthanasia, legalized abortion . . . In the face of these modern-day trends, how can you and I serve as defenders of truth?
Prayer: Spirit of truth, guide and empower me to be a courageous defender of truth.
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