When Good and Evil Appear to be Mixed Together (Mon. July 26)

The word of the day is “simple.”  In this world, some things are obviously wicked.  But the unrighteousness of other things is not so easily identified.  Evil comes wrapped in attractive packages and desirable wrappings.  Vices are mixed with virtues, and goodness is mingled with immorality.   In our reading of Romans 16:17-24, St Paul concludes his letter with a warning about divisions caused by troublemakers.  He charges that they use “smooth words and flattering speech to deceive the simple” (Romans 16:18.)  Thus, St. Paul cautions that his readers should be “wise in what is good and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19).  “Simple” Fails to Get at the Meaning Today we will learn how to separate the good from the bad…