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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reflection for July 1, Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 8:28-34


Gospel: Matthew  8:28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
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Reflection:
A woman who believed in the power of Jesus also believed in the existence of Demons. Her belief in demons slowly but surely eroded her belief in Jesus. After a period of time this woman was eventually possessed by a demon.

Do you believe in demons also? Better not believe because the moment you believe you somehow allow the power of the evil one to slowly seep into you. The devil starts to become a reality in your life once you begin to believe in its existence.

In our gospel we see the power of Jesus over demons they were actually no match for Jesus that even them cowered before His presence. What does this tell you? It tells you that Jesus is the supreme power.

Evil exist within us because we allow it to exist; we give it freedom to dwell in us. How does this transpire? For example, we know that pornography is evil, so when we start to watch or read these materials.

We actually are giving freedom for the devil to have an influence in our value system. As it stays with us it also slowly but surely controls our minds that we start to begin of thinking of evil things also.

But all is not lost yet, If we know and have faith in Jesus and if we start to take Him and His teachings seriously. Satan will run away from us, evil or anything that is evil will have no place anymore in our value system.

Why? For the simple reason that Jesus is the supreme power. And when we are always connected with Jesus evil will simply be a thing of our past until we forget about it completely.

Do you sometimes allow evil to have an influence in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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