Saint for the day: Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher (October 6, 1911 – October 6, 1849)
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 – Psalm 9 – Luke 11:15-26
I’m often asked, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Sometimes my response is via the familiar phrase, “What goes around comes around”
Today we begin reading from the Book of Joel and I find myself being caught up in a kind of “Lenten theme” of impending woe and disaster. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain!” But there’s a verse from the Responsorial Psalm that tempers God’s anger: “The nations are sunk in the pit they have made; in the snare they set, their foot is caught!”
That one little verse reminded me that it’s not God who is going around destroying things in His anger but that we are the ones who get caught in our own traps.
In today’s Holy Gospel Jesus reminds the people that Satan is always around with his evil disguised as good. Remember we’re not drawn to evil because it is evil but, rather, because we are fooled into thinking that it is a “good!” In that sense, Satan doesn’t have to work very hard to lure us into his trap. It’s the old “pie-in-the-sky” theme that reminds me of the story of King Midas who asks for the ability to turn stones into gold. He’s given his wish but it backfires on him when he touches his wife who then turns into gold!
“The nations are sunk in the pit they have made; in the snare they set, their foot is caught.”
So, what’s our answer to my first question? I thnk part of it has to be what we just heard a few days ago when we read the “Martha, Martha” story and Jesus’ response was, “Mary has chosen the better part – to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His words – and it shall not be taken from her.”
So the catch is: listen to Jesus! And the only way to “hear Him” is to get close to Him (like Mary, Martha’s sister did) and be in His presence. The “catch” to this, however, is one that many of us miss. Rather than sitting quietly at the feet of Jesus we bore Him to death with our wordy, wordy, wordies”
I’ve found that the early morning hours – before most people are up and about – are the best time for me to come before the Lord. And the first thing that I do is read His Holy Word and then take some time to let it sink in. If we do that we’ll find out that there isn’t much room left for Satan to get a hold on us. Amen!