HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe, SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
We can all find ourselves being misunderstood or misjudged. We do something and it is interpreted in a way that is completely different to what we intended. We say something and it is heard in a very different way to what we wanted to say. It can be very upsetting when we are misjudged and misinterpreted in this way.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading Jesus speaks of a kingdom divided against itself not being able to stand, and likewise a household divided against itself not being able to stand. He was refuting those who claimed that the power at work in his life was the power of Satan. How could Satan, he asked, be driving out Satan? Why would the kingdom of Satan seek to be divided against itself? That would be a recipe for its collapse.
It is extraordinary to think that some people were of the opinion that the power at work in Jesus was the power of evil. Here was Jesus doing good, healing the sick, seeking the lost, feeding the hungry, proclaiming God’s mercy to sinners. It was the power of God that was at work through Jesus, not the power of Satan.
With Jesus on earth, another world becomes evident around us: the world of evil spirits. Jesus has come to take control of the kingdom. The devils are in a panic and begin to lose ground. Jesus is a threat to evil. His goodness, truth, and holiness are capable of putting the devils into submission. When Christ takes a stronger hold on my life, things begin to change. Do I let Christ challenge evil in my heart? In the world around me?
*LET US PRAY*
Christ, I know that you are more powerful than evil. Help me to face up to evil in my life, encouraged by your friendship and strength. In your name Lord, I will walk with confidence.
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