Matthew 10:26-33In the first reading, evil seems to be found in the very hearts of people who despise the good and wish their end. But they will reach their own ends while God will emerge triumphant.
In our situation today, it seems that evil is all around us, in Marawi, and in our own hearts. It seeks to nullify every good we have done. But in reality, it is leading to its own destruction. In Tagalog, the word "nagwawala" typifies what evil is: towards destruction, even of itself.
In the Gospel, Jesus underscores the need to have courage: "Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear." He commands us to be steadfast in faith, not compromise it; rather, to side with the truth.
How then do we eradicate evil?