January 30, 2018 –day in the 4th Week of the Church Year

Saint for the day:Bl. Mary Angela Truszkowska (May 16, 1825-October 10, 1888)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

2 Samuel 18:9-10….3—19- 19:3 – Ps 86 – Mark 5:21-43

“Christ took away our infirmities & bore our diseases.:“Today’s “Alleluia” Verse

The question is often asked, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” The question was asked to survivors of the Nazi Holocaust on a BBC program I listened to one morning. The bottom line seems to be that there is no answer.

In our continuing reading from Samuel we could ask that same question from one side or the other, depending on who’s writing the narrative.

I think that it comes down to our having free will. We are made in the image and likeness of God and part of that is that we have this thing called “free will.” God sets out before us life and death and asks us to “choose life.” Some of us do but many don’t or many think that what they are choosing is life when it really is death.

Why did Eve let the devil convince her that eating of the apple would enhance her life? Yet here, eons of years later we are still confused over that same issue.

In today’s Gospel the demonic shouts out to Jesus, “What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth?” And that has to be our question, too. Yet so many of us will say, “I want to choose life” but take a bite of the apple, “just in case.”

David, chosen and anointed by God as “King” chomped on that apple all through his life but God didn’t give up on him. That’s the wonderful part of the story: God chooses us. Blesses us. Protects us even when we turn our backs on Him to go our own way. Today we have to let Jesus free us from our own, personal devils and loosen the chains that bind us so that we can follow Him all the way … even though we know it will take us through our own Calvary, the gate to Heaven, that we all must face. “My grace is sufficient.” Amen!

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