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Today's Gospel: Mark 3:22-30
“She’s got her demons” describes one who has a habit of acting against her own best interest. That can include us when we let ourselves believe we’re unlovable or unforgivable. Those little voices of doubt or despair are not from God. Jesus describes this as “rising up against” oneself, which makes us “divided.” Yet we often find ourselves divided between bad feelings and the love we know God has for us.
When we feel the voice of doubt creep in, we can say with St. Francis de Sales: "If some accident terrifies our heart, it immediately has recourse to the Divinity . . . when all other things fail us, It alone stands our friend, and when we are in peril, It only, as our sovereign good, can save and secure us" (Treatise on the Love of God, trans. Rev. Henry Benedict Mackey, OSB, TAN Books 2012, p. 54).
If we let Jesus be the “strong man” in our soul, the house of our soul will never be plundered. If we listen to the voice of the good shepherd who comes tenderly looking for us when we stray, then we will remain strong as a beloved daughter of the God who is love.
Can I ask Jesus to be my strength today when I’m feeling weak?
Lord, I want to be whole in You today and not divided by thoughts of doubt and fear. With Mary, let me say “yes” to all You give me today so I can stand strong in Your love for me.
Copyright 2022 Rose Folsom
About the Author
Rose Folsom is founder of VirtueConnection.com, where she helps Catholics get closer to God by discovering how to practice virtues like patience and forgiveness. Join her membership group, Virtue Circle. She’s a convert and Lay Dominican who speaks, blogs, and leads retreats fueled on prayer and York peppermint patties. She and her husband, Fred, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.