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Today's Gospel: Luke 11:14-23
Over the years, I have often wondered what it would have been like to live in the time of Jesus. It seems to me that I would have followed Him willingly from place to place, witnessing the signs and miracles that usually accompanied His presence in a town or gathering. I picture myself standing at the edge of the crowd, perpetually gobsmacked by the visible evidence that God is amongst us. At least, I like to think I would have recognized that God was with us.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus stood among the crowd and delivered a man from a mute demon, and yet the reactions were mixed. There were some who were “amazed,” but there were others who were suspicious of the power of Jesus, and they accused him of being in league with the devil. Not only did they fail to recognize Jesus, they viewed Him as the enemy. No wonder Jesus rebuked them with this warning:
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
As Christians, it is imperative that we actively pursue a relationship with God: through the Sacraments, through prayer and love of neighbor—lest we find ourselves unable to recognize the Lord in our midst, doomed instead to be scattered like chaff.
How can I increase my awareness of the presence of Jesus in my life?
O Jesus, You are the captain of my soul. Help me to recognize Your guidance in my life.
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Copyright 2023 Sarah Torbeck
About the Author
Sarah Torbeck is a mother, a grandmother, and a widow. She spent her early-adult years immersed in the esoteric religions. Through the Rosary and a miraculous intervention by the Blessed Virgin Mary, she was led into the Catholic Church. She was home! Sarah was a writing teacher, and currently writes about her faith and love for God—for He is merciful, even to His tiniest sparrow.