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Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
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When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”
Why Pray? To drive out demons. These spiritual creatures direct our hearts, our minds and our bodies away from God and away from heavenly things. They have a life of their own but also take root in human beings. Their names are very well known to us: jealousy, resentment, bitterness and anger.
The greatest tragedies of mankind have occurred when “sick” people convinced healthy people there was something wrong with them!
Some “sick” people in the crowd were saying Jesus was curing the ill by the power of the devil. That is sick. And it is a common symptom of those who have lost The Way and are possessed by jealousy, resentment, bitterness and anger.
In the past two days and on separate occasions, I have had two people come to me and say: “Father, I feel like I’m losing my faith in…” I expected them to say, “in God.“ Instead, I was shocked to hear, “in people.”
In people? Why?
How can we lose faith in people? Don’t we touch, smell, see and hear them on a daily basis? Don’t we know them by abstract means such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn? Looks like visual confirmation or written documents are insufficient means of really knowing someone; if this person really exists.
Do you really exist? Are you who you claim to be?
Americans are losing faith in their Constitution; in their government; and in their leaders and representatives. Nearly one-out-of-every-six Americans want to throw “the bums” out: President, Senate and House of Representatives. They want to wipe the slate clean.
It won’t happen. It will never happen.
Why? Because we do not share a common philosophy or common vision. Instead, we share common demons: greed, envy, self-interests, selfishness.
Replace people with other people (who are driven by their demons) and in no time we will have the same problems again.
Why pray? To drive out demons and fill our heart, mind, soul and body with the one true God: Jesus Christ.
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