The good news for the day March 23, 2017

Thursday of the Third Week in Lent (240)

Once when Jesus was removing a malign power so controlling a man that it made him speechless—when the power had gone—the mute man spoke and the public was impressed. Some of them, though, were saying, “Under the authority of the prince of demons, Beelzebul, He removes such malignities.” Some others, to test him, asked him for a sign from the Other Realm, the Upper One. Because He knew what they were thinking, He responded to them, “Every realm that divides against itself will be ravaged; house will fall against house. If The Satanic Challenger is divided against himself, how will his Realm stand? You are saying that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out harmful influences. If I, then, drive out pernicious forces by Beelzebul, by whom are your own countrymen driving them out? The result is: they will be your judges. If, on the contrary, it is by the touch of God’s hand that I drive out wicked forces, then the realm of what is right with God has come upon you. Whenever a strong man fully armed guards his mansion, his possessions are safe. But when somebody stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the protection on which he relied and distributes the loot he gets. Anyone not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather with me is scattering.” (Luke 11)

Reflection reminds us that life seems tense—frictions and tensions of daily life tire you out. Your conscience—fights your baser instincts, inertia, and habits. Knowing what is right—yields to fear, rationalizing and the opinion of others. Sickness, age, loss, and such hurtful powers seem to control your life.

Peace comes in the commitment—the love full-fledged—open-hearted and ready-to-speak kind of love. No longer mute, controlled by “demons”—which are very real—you “surrender” to the side of God, accepting His personal love, and the world we live in with all its contradictions—malice and beauty, betrayal and generosity, mysteries and insights, your own innocent self and your not-so-innocent (disarmed) self. You are “with” him, though. You gather in your self all gifts of creation—His challenges as well as His enrichments.  


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