"Behold, I am sending you like sheep
in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents
and simple as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
Watch out for those who build dissent
And obstacles to the teaching
You have received; they circumvent
The Lord's grace with their vain leaching.
The Lord's not served - their appetites
Govern their hearts; with honey speech
They will misguide; by their false
The trust of brotherhood they breach.
Be wise to what is truly good,
And simple to what is evil;
In this way, God conquers the shrewd
Satan - quelling the upheaval.
Through Him our strength is surely
With Him, in faith, all is revealed;
In Him, the prophesies resound
What was for long ages concealed.
To God, through Jesus Christ, glory!
To you, may His grace flow freely.
May the Spirit grant us the graces
and vigilance to guard our hearts against
the deceptions of darkness that we
walk in the light of Christ.
(c) Paul Buis, 2005