ARE EVIL DAYS
prophesied that the last days will be very evil days. "Evil" in
that the human race will be filled with wickedness and misery; and these
will pale the miseries and wickedness of previous generations.
became man, precisely to eliminate the wickedness and minimize the misery
that mankind will experience due to its fallen human nature. With the
following of Christ, wickedness can totally be eradicated, but misery can
only be minimized. The saints had overcome their wickedness but all of them
experienced some misery until their death.
has always been wicked and miserable since the time of Adam and Eve. The
first murder was by a brother, Cain, killing his own brother, Abel. And Adam
and Eve were surely miserable at that. Every baby that comes into this world
cries. . . sort of signaling his entry into a world he knows to be wicked and
because they are continuously persecuted by wicked people, were, in some
degree, miserable. Wicked people do not have to actually persecute the
saints; their wicked lives are, in themselves, a persecution of the saints.
Lot was a just man but suffered because he was surrounded by wicked men. The
apostles were grieved by the sight of sinners who were not repentant. St.
Paul, besides suffering from shipwreck and thirst, was made miserable by
has it ". . .Make the most of your time when days are evil". .
.which signals the last days. How do you make the most of your time? Give up
something that you may be free for God. If strife knocks at your door, give
up something in order that you may be free for God and not for strife. What
you give up must save you some time.
is like when you buy a pair of shoes; to possess the shoes, you must give up
your money. So, lose money to gain repose for your souls. When trouble comes
and asks for 1 coin, give 2, and it will depart. Thus, Scriptures has it, if
someone brings you to court to get your coat, give your cloak also. During
the last days, you have no time for hatred, anger, resentments. Give both
your coat and cloak that the occasion for resentment may be removed, and you
may have time for prayer, fasting and good works.
Caesarius of Arles