Saturday 14 October 2017

About Today Readings

St Callistus I.

Joel 4:12-21. Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12. Luke 11:27-28.

Let the just rejoice in the Lord — Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12.

The Lord’s power overcomes all evil.

It may be difficult for us to believe in the raw presence of evil as recounted in today’s gospel. Unless we have been present during an exorcism, being directly confronted by an evil spirit is unlikely to occur, but is still possible in other ways. Evil can be subtle and insidious, even craftily disguised as good, and seep into our lives.

We are also aware of its catastrophic consequences on a grand scale in world events. Whether present in a small or large way, Satan and his cohorts are very real and their goal is our social, individual, physical, mental and spiritual death.

Jesus cast out evil spirits to demonstrate God’s power. If his power and love and justice can do such things, what do we have to fear? Who are we not to trust him in our own battles against evil and the injustices in our lives?

We may panic because God does not act fast enough for us, or intervene to expel the evil we struggle with. But justice will prevail. Our enemies will be ‘trapped by their own deeds’, and, like the psalmist, we will sing for joy again.

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