THURSDAY 3RD WEEK
Karly Sites, C ‘16
"He who is not with me is against me."
Our first reading from the Book of Jeremiah demonstrates to us how God gives us the choice to obey him. God speaks to us in a variety of ways; through meditations, music, readings, and relationships. Listen for the Lord speaking to you and upon hearing His command; obey Him. We must reflect upon our lives. Are we stubborn to the Lord? Do we, by the actions, the words, and the choices we make, show we choose God’s kingdom or Satan’s kingdom? Do we listen to the evil inclinations of the devil and not the unending joyful promises of the Lord? Jesus allows us to choose His love, He does not force us and so we must remember if we walk in the ways He commands, He promises “We know that all things work for good for those who love God.” (Rom 8: 28).
In our Gospel reading from Luke, we learn how to be strong against the whispers of the Evil One. In this Gospel, Jesus cast out evil spirits and this casting brought many mixed reactions from the onlookers. The crowd tested Jesus and His power and even claimed His work could only be done through the power of Satan. But did these accusations cause Jesus to stop doing good? No, of course not! Jesus shows us living out the truth is not always easy. Sometimes we may be tested; promises may be broken, friendships may be lost, and mocking may be brought upon us. Yet, we must remember that if we believe in God and believe in His promises we know He will be with us through-out this journey of life. From this Gospel, we learn faith may not always seem easy, but the graces God bestows upon us to overcome these struggles are worth more than anything of this world.
Dear Lord, open our ears to Your voice. Help us to love and lead all to Your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
Jer 7:23-28, Ps 95: 1-2, 6-7 , 8-9; Lk 11: 14-23