Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B – 28th January 2018
People of Jesus’ time were looking for prophets and healers, and leaders. They came to many people from this conviction. They arrived to Jesus and found a motley group of ne’er do wells, sick people, people who seemed evil, and many more. Many were attracted to him. We might wonder why?
His care and compassion seem strong. He spoke with authority in his voice, like a good leader. He ‘walked it as he talked it’. His words made sense because they made a difference in people’s lives..
Demons were expelled and lepers were cured; the poor were looked after. This is what made the difference.
We know we hear people speaking well about something and we know it doesn’t come from the heart. With Jesus the care of the heart and the words of the mouth were one. As time went on they would realise he came from God, as he forgave sins and people knew they were forgiven, as we sometimes find in confession when some words of forgiveness ring true.
We are not easy with the language of demons and devils; we are not easy either with thinking too much of evil. Evil is present in many ways in social cruelty, abusive behaviour and greed. Jesus came to us because we need the help to overcome evil and the Christian belief is that evil will eventually be overcome in the victory of the Cross.
Look back each evening and thank God where I found goodness today, either in myself or others. Evil is overcome by the goodness of people.
Lord God, deliver us from evil.
Donal Neary SJ
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