Sunday 28 January 2018

About Today Readings

Week IV Psalter. 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. [St Thomas Aquinas].

Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Psalm 94(95):1-2, 6-9 1. Corinthians 7:32-35. Mark 1:21-28.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts—Psalm 94(95):1-2, 6-9 1.

The evil spirits recognise Jesus for who he truly is. 

They recognise his ability to loosen the grip they have on the possessed man and drive them out of him. Whether we believe in evil spirits or not, we can all recognise things in our lives and even within us that are obstacles to true freedom. We live in an addictive society which imprisons people in their compulsions and appetites. The very things that promise to be life-giving become sources of emptiness and death.

Often when confronted with the possibility of liberation from our disordered affections we encounter resistance from within. The possibility of freedom can be frightening as it means the challenge of letting go of crutches and excuses for not living life fully. Nevertheless, like the demoniac, we can recognise Jesus’ desire and power to free us from whatever binds us.

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