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Doctrines & Morals

Acts 20:28; "Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers."

In today's first reading, St. Paul warns about "savage wolves" who harm the flock of Christ. They come from within, he says, and pervert the truth. Why? "To draw the disciples away after them." This, to use a modern cliche, is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Sometimes it's a wolf in shepherd's clothing, which is far worse, because the sheep are more vulnerable since they naturally trust their shepherds.
Wolves that come from within are those who push their own agendas or deliberately make themselves look important. Some genuinely believe that they are trying to right a wrong or that they are doing God's work, but they are not being guided by the Holy Spirit. Others are bullies in the way they shepherd the people who work under their supervision.
We all act like wolves sometimes. A common wolfishness is to manipulate others into giving us what we want. Whenever we try to control others for our personal benefit, we are wolves in sheep's clothing; we call ourselves Christian, but in fact we're hiding behind this title to feel safe while behaving very unlike Christ.
Lord, keep me away from wolves in human clothing. Amen. 
Good morning and do have a wonderful day. God loves you.
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