Friday 13 October 2017
Day of Penance.
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2. Psalm 9A:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9. Luke 11:15-26.
The Lord will judge the world with justice — Psalm 9A:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9.
‘Sound the trumpet in Zion. Sound the alarm on my holy mountain, for the day of the Lord is coming.’
Much of Luke’s Gospel tells how Jesus went about improving the lives of people: curing the sick, instructing people to lead more fulfilling lives. Jesus takes on the role of our champion in the battle between good and evil.
In today’s gospel, Luke paints a canvas of cosmic proportions, addressing the wickedness of the world. Jesus’ critics are given a thunderous and world-embracing reply, leaving no doubt about whose side they are on.
Our world is still a battleground of racism, greed, warmongering and heartlessness — the ‘big picture’ forces of Satan. Let us fall in behind Christ, our champion, and fight to overcome the evils that are crippling our world.
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