23rd January (English)

Publié le 22 Janvier 2017

Scripture:

Mark 3:22-30

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons." 23 And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house. 28 "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" -- 30 for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."

The contemplation

We may find difficult to discern things in a right way, but we should never find fault in the goodness of others. If we look everything in a negative perspective in a permanent way, ignoring voluntarily what is good in it, and continue to accuse someone for doing what is good and wonderful, we fail to act humanly. In such act, we have allowed the devil to overpower us and to discern for us, towards the destruction of not only our soul, but the humanity at a whole.

As Christian, we are already saved and anointed through our baptism. Since Jesus has given His own blood to save us, it is important that we learn to look everything with Faith and Charity. It is quite possible that we fail temporarily and our hard work may not give the desired result, but if our heart is filled with love and compassion, the Lord who works in us, will transform everything, like water into wine.

The more we get closer to God, the more Satan wish to destroy our healthy relationship. He will apply all his energy to put us down.  It is important that we hold on to God continuously, otherwise our fall will be great.  The more we climb on the mountain, the more we should be careful, because the danger will be mortal.  It is preciously because the holy people are very humble and gentile, even to their enemies.  Let us learn to see in everything what is good and try to see how God is in acting through us, in a permanent way.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

The cross of Christ as victory, by Augustine of Hippo, 430-543 A.D.

"It is not difficult, therefore, to see how the devil was conquered when he, who was slain by him, rose again. But there is something greater and more profound of comprehension: to see how the devil was conquered precisely when he was thought to be conquering, namely, when Christ was crucified. For at that moment the blood of him who had no sin at all, was shed for the remission of our sins (Matthew 26:28, 1 John 3:5). The devil deservedly held those whom he had bound by sin to the condition of death. So it happened that One who was guilty of no sin freed them justly from this condemnation (Hebrews 2:14). The strong man was conquered by this paradoxical justice and bound by this chain, that his vessels [booty] might be taken away. Those vessels which had been vessels of wrath were turned into vessels of mercy (Romans 9:22-23)." (excerpt ON THE TRINITY 13.15.19)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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