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Not a hair on your head will be harmed

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"How can an all-good God allow sin and even evil to exist?"
 
NOT A HAIR ON YOUR HEAD WILL BE HARMED
 
"How can an all-good God allow sin and even evil to exist?"
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
I read about the great English poet, John Milton, who completed his famous epic, Paradise lost, in 1965. The purpose of his monumental work was to "justify the ways of God to men." The question was "How can an all good God allow sin and even evil?" Implicit in this question is a fear that perhaps sin and evil are more powerful than God. Long before Milton lived and wrote, the Bible faced the same problem. An awareness of God and His plan gradually became sharper and was manifested in the coming of Jesus Christ as savior.
 
The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible to be composed, in a sense summarizes all that had gone before in the inspired Hebrew and Christian writings. It proclaims that on the last day God will show forth His goodness and power by the total destruction of sin and evil from the universe. Our reading today from the Book of Revelation contains a brief but beautiful hymn sung by all the saints in praise of God's power and righteousness. On the day of Christ's Second Coming the saints cry out to God, "Your mighty deeds are clearly seen."
 
The Church makes use of this hymn in its official prayer book, the Liturgy of the Hours. In fact, this hymn is part of evening prayer on every Friday, that particular day of the week on which we recall the events of Good Friday. The use of this hymn on Fridays teaches us an important truth. Victory over sin and evil does not lie in the future. It has already been achieved in the death of Jesus on Good Friday
 
Points to Pray and Ponder:  Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God (Ps 98). And Jesus said, "Yet not a hair of your head will be harmed."
 
 
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