In illo témpore: Accessérunt ad Iesum pharisaei: et interrogávit eum unus ex eis legis doctor, tentans eum: Magíster, quod est mandátum magnum in lege? Ait illi Iesus: Díliges Dóminum, Deum tuum, ex toto corde tuo et in tota ánima tua et in tota mente tua. Hoc est máximum et primum mandátum. Secúndum autem símile est huic: Díliges próximum tuum sicut teípsum. In his duóbus mandátis univérsa lex pendet et prophétæ. Congregátis autem pharisaeis, interrogávit eos Iesus, dicens: Quid vobis vidétur de Christo? cuius fílius est? Dicunt ei: David. Ait illis: Quómodo ergo David in spíritu vocat eum Dóminum, dicens: Dixit Dóminus Dómino meo, sede a dextris meis, donec ponam inimícos tuos scabéllum pedum tuórum? Si ergo David vocat eum Dóminum, quómodo fílius eius est? Et nemo poterat ei respóndere verbum: neque ausus fuit quisquam ex illa die eum ámplius interrogáre.
At that time, the Pharisees came to Jesus and one of them, a doctor of the Law, putting Him to the test, asked Him, Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets. Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus questioned them, saying, What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is He? They said to Him, David’s. He said to them, How then does David in the spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?’ If David, therefore, calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son? And no one could answer Him a word; neither did anyone dare from that day forth to ask Him any more questions.
These Pharisees live on today in all those who attack the Church which is the Mystical Body of Christ. The teachings of Christ’s Church (The Catholic Church) are the teachings of God; all those who reject the Church reject God. “He who hears you, hears Me and he who hears Me hears Him who sent Me.” (Luke 10, 16) It is clear then that all those outside of the Church who call upon Jesus do so falsely; they are not the children of God but rather the children of the devil because they reject Jesus in His Church and follow the inspiration of devils just as the Pharisees of old did.
These call upon Jesus as “Lord, Master, and God” but it is a lie because in their hearts they have rejected Him. It may be true that they search the scriptures, but they do so not to find God and love and serve Him, but rather to entrap Him (in His Mystical Body the Church) and so find a means or reason to reject and destroy Him. We must therefore always be on our guard when speaking of religious matters with those outside the Church; whether consciously or unconsciously these people are out to attack and destroy the Church and therefore Christ – God. No matter how well meaning or even how-pious they may appear; they are still children of Satan and not of God. It is Satan appearing as an angel of light that inspires and guides them. Just as the Pharisees could not believe that Jesus is the Christ and is therefore both God and Man, so those outside the Church cannot believe one or more teachings of Christ in His Church.
We are not Jesus so we cannot see this evil disposition in people’s wills and the devils are very clever in helping them disguise it, so we must ever be vigilant and cautious, in our discussions with them. Let us always remember our Morning Offering where we beg God’s help and guidance for the day, as well as the help and guidance of the angels and saints. Before we engage in a conversation with anyone outside the Church on matters of faith, let us first pray that they may be freed from the influence of these evil spirits that are guiding them, and ask God’s help in guiding us to lead them back to Him. We must always keep in mind that appearances are most often deceptive and be on our guard always to protect our standing as children of God who can truthfully call Jesus: “Master”.