Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Reflections for Monday January 28, Mark 3:22-30 (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor)


Gospel:
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies   that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
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My Reflections:
We are capable of saying disparaging words when envy rules us. We say it because we just want to destroy the good reputation of the person before our fellowmen. What happens next after we’re able to destroy the reputation? Would we feel triumphant because we’re able to destroy that person’s reputation? We will not gain anything from it except to allow hatred to rule our hearts.

Jesus was accused by the scribes as being possessed by Beelzebul because they were envious of growing popularity and power. They’ve tried to destroy His reputation but were not able to do so.

Let us not be envious with anyone let us close our hearts to this destructive emotion. …

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