Posted by: livingscripture | January 20, 2011

Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.”  He warned them sternly not to make him known.

                                                                                              Mark 3: 11-12 

How should we live this Word 

Jesus must have been a truly fascinating person for so many to have followed Him.  He had to get into a boat so as not to be crushed!  His healing powers drew people with all kinds of illnesses who followed Him and tried to touch Him in order to be healed.  Whoever met Jesus could not refrain from witnessing to God’s power emanating from Him.  He had to be the awaited Messiah! 

Even the demons were forced to kneel in His presence, in recognition of His divine nature.  “You are the Son of God!”  It is precisely from them that Jesus does not accept this witness.  He makes no compromises with the demons.  He imposes silence on them. 

Those who seek power, like the demons, never recognize the power, authority, and ascendency of another with gratuity and gratitude.  They may bow through flattery, diplomacy, or constriction.  Only Love recognizes Love.  Jesus awaits this from the sick and the sinners whom He frees with the power of love.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will search my heart to see if I find any tendency toward egotistical flattery or diplomacy and I will ask Jesus to heal and free me.

Lord Jesus, heal my heart of any desire for power.  Let me recognize You in Your humble and crucified love.

The voice of Fr. Giancarlo Gramolazzo, holy exorcist 

The priest exorcist, besides being a minister who casts out demons in God’s name, is a minister who catechizes the persons who call upon his ministry.  To catechize means to accompany a person on a faith journey.  Liberation is not the fruit of simple invocations, of prayers recited, but it represents a true itinerary of conversion, of the desire to stay near the Lord, not only in particular difficult moments, but for the whole of one’s life.


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