Mark 3: 22-30
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
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Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds. God has remembered his kindness and faithfulness toward the house of Israel. [Psalm 98]
It is winter. The land is ice bound, and my garden is frozen hard. I gaze out at the lifeless scene beyond my window, and I know that deep in the soil the daffodils are preparing for rebirth.
Perhaps God looks upon our frozen hearts in the same way and knows already what we can only hope for.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, sometimes we find ourselves placing negative labels on people we don’t understand, who threaten our preconceptions or call forth a change in us. Help us to pierce through our prejudging by truly listening, by evaluating if people are helped, healed, welcomed, or accepted. Lord, grant us courage and the wisdom to see in others – all others – your own creation and love.
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