Reading: At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah. (Luke 4:40-41)
Observation: It is clear to me today that the gospel is saying that the people cured from disease are separate from the people who were possessed by demons. Therefore, the old explanation of the people of God during the time of Jesus’ incarnation, would have assumed that people with certain diseases were possessed and when he cured them they would assume he exorcised their demon, is rendered a lie by this gospel. The truth is, the gospel reveals that their were people who were possessed by evil spirits and these demons knew Jesus, and called him by name when he kicked them out of their host.
Personification: Self-Control It will be my focus today to continue to pray without ceasing to make sure that I am focus on God’s will today and not my own. Today, displaying the fruit of self-control will consist of my keeping my thoughts to myself about our Mass this morning and allowing the holy Spirit to reveal the truth to those who need to hear it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be faithful to you at all times. Please keep your praises ever on my lips and keep me from being selfish today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’ (exlaodicea.wordpress.com)