How Pretexts Hide Motives and How to Avoid Them (Mon. June 7)

The word of the day is “pretext.”  Evil comes in many disguises.  One of these is to hide one’s motives under the cloak of pretext.  This tactic of wickedness misleads others into believing that the reasons for one’s actions are good and genuine.  Today in our reading of Acts 17:1-15, we find that envious Jews stir up a mob in Thessalonica. The crowd drags the host of Paul and Silas to the pagan rulers of the city.  They charge that Jason and the followers of Christ have acted “contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king–Jesus” (OSB vs. 7). Today we exam this example of a pretext and find that pretexts are based on motives, the motivations…