Yesterday at Mass there was a baptism for a baby boy of about one month old. He was super cute with big squishy cheeks, and he smiled and cooed when Father anointed him with oil.
During the Rite of Baptism, the priest asked a series of questions to the child’s parents, Godparents, and all Mass attendees. One of the questions was, “Do you reject the glamours of evil?” Though I’ve been to more baptisms than I can count, this question really struck me yesterday.
“Do you reject the glamours of evil?”
It is really easy to put “evil” into a box and think of it as this disgusting, dark force that is easy to identify and so repulsive you can’t help but keep your distance. When I think of evil, I often think of terrible extremes like murder or adultery.
But the scary truth is, evil is often disguised as something glamorous. For the untrained heart, it can be hard to spot and even more difficult to resist because it makes all sorts of alluring promises.
This will feel good. This will make you happy. This will make you rich. This will make you feel complete.
But when you are armed with the Truth, you know all of these promises are empty. And the associated satisfaction is never lasting. You will always be searching for that next glamorous thing until you acknowledge and embrace the desire for God that is written on your heart.