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Evil, and God's response in the little virgin from Nowhere-ville

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Sad, but bad things done by bad people usually get the headlines. Unfortunately, goodness doesn't sell video games. You just don't see teenagers stampeding each other on Black Friday for a Mother Teresa video game.

Fortunately, God the Father isn't an American advertiser.

"The man replied, 'The woman whom you put here with me she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.' The LORD God then asked the woman, 'Why did you do such a thing?' The woman answered, 'The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.'" Genesis 3:9-15, 20

Evil is defined, classically, as a lack of goodness. It's really a perfect definition because evil lacks, in a pathetically comical way, all the admirable qualities of goodness. Evil points fingers, divides the sexes, divides people along race and ethnicity and socioeconomics, and it bullies the innocent (unborn babies, elderly, handicapped, poor, different) to the point of genocide.

Evil is the lack of God in one's life, whether we speak of angels or human beings.

"The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel." Psalm 98:1-4

Men (and women) usually respond to evil in a spectacular, attention grabbing fashion. 'You bomb my building, I bomb your city. You kill one thousand, I respond by killing ten-thousand.' This, usual, and immediate, response is a purely human reaction, sometimes justified, in the face of unrelenting terror. Yet, it is so un-God-like.

For God responds to evil with little virgins from Nowhere-ville.

"In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ." Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Experience (and history) proves that people of hope--in God--quite often, fall victims to people of despair and doubt (and debauchery), in Holocaust's and all sorts of persecution and discrimination. Little virgins rarely, if ever, lead revolutionary societal reform. That's true, if we ignore the women of Sacred Scripture, particularly Mary, and all the little virgins of her Son's Church.

In them, the people of Hope change the world in a very God-like-Revolution.

"Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.' Then the angel departed from her." Luke 1:26-38

Since Mary, little virgins, and little Jesus' have been shaking up the world in the counterintuitive, and countercultural, Way of the Cross of her Son, and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evil can lack away! For God has a little virgin ready to give birth to the Savior in every person's heart that keeps hope alive in faith and Love.

The writer from Nowhere-ville's feedback box: tranz4mation@comcast.net

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