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Today's Gospel: Luke 4:31-37
Just the other day I caught myself trying to hide the potato chips so the kids wouldn’t get into them. “I hardly ever get a treat!” I thought to myself.
But it wasn’t just a small bag. It was the large, family-sized bag. And to be honest, there wasn’t just one bag, there were actually three. I wanted more than what was really fair. But oh, you can believe I tried justifying this.
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”
Bit of a shiver here, you guys. A shiver because of the demon? No. It’s a shiver because this hits close to home. Not because I’m the demon! The voice sounds like my vices, people. There’s nothing like reading this passage and feeling called out by the demon in the story. How many times have I justified my actions, such as hoarding all the chips (AND EATING THEM! I admit I’ve done this).
The truth is that Jesus has come to destroy sin, the very thing that is keeping us away from Him. He wants us to be close to Him, to be lead by Him to our eternal home, but these actions we do prevent us from listening properly. Jesus shows us today that He has the power to release us from sin and evil. This story shows how dramatic it can be, but it’s not always this way. Every time we enter that confessional we are choosing to accept Jesus’ power over sin in our lives.
Let’s be encouraged that He continually calls us to Him, just waiting to release us and bring us close again. In the end, I grudgingly shared those chips. Still working on the gratefulness, but I’m moving one step at a time.
How soon can you plan to attend confession?
Lord Jesus, help me to humbly acknowledge my faults and bring them to you in confession.
Copyright 2020 Jane Korvemaker
About the Author
Jane Korvemaker loves food, family, wine, and God (perhaps not in that order). She holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts, which pairs perfectly with her Bachelor in Theology. A former Coordinator of Youth Ministry, she writes from the beautiful and cold province of Saskatchewan, Canada. She works from home and takes care of her three very hard-working children. Jane regularly blogs at AJK2.ca.