Friday 8 October 2021

About Today Readings

Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2. The Lord will judge the world with justice – Psalm 9A:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9. Luke 11:15-26.

Jesus’ words still offer us a way to rise above our sinful existence

Today’s readings, with their talk of demonic possession, might be a little difficult to engage with. Our understanding of our human condition and the things that lead us towards sin has developed over the centuries. We understand sin more as a product of a society that prioritises individualism and values wealth and prestige ahead of God. It comes from people seeing other people not as human beings but as means to an end or obstructions to be removed.

Yet Jesus’ words still offer us a way to rise above our sinful existence. Through individual strength of will, we might for a time find a way to live a righteous life, to be people for others rather than for ourselves. But is our own will enough? Jesus says it’s not. Only through God’s grace can we find a way to truly be free. Without that grace, we will always risk falling back into old habits.

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