11 Oct 2019: Presence of the Holy Spirit

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Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Readings  : Joel 1:13-15, 2: 1-2, Luke 11: 15-26

One evening an old grandfather told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.  He said: My grandson, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.  One is Evil. It is anger, envy, arrogance, lies, pride and ego.  The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, truth and compassion. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather ‘which wolf wins? the old man simply replied: ‘The one you feed’. We may not know this but some of these evils which we feed reside within us. Evil thrives within us when Jesus is absent within us, when we shabbily treat Him and when our faith in Jesus is weak.

In the gospel today it is clear as to who represents evil and who represents good.  Jesus speaks about the presence of Holy Spirit in him but scribes could not recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus even with many signs and wonders.  They comment, ‘It is by power of Beelzebul that he drives out demons’. Jesus answers them back and he didn’t give way for their assumption. St. Padre Pio said: ‘The greatest work of the devil in this modern era is to convince us that he does not exist… but I see him around me all the time’. Let us remember that we cannot live without God in our lives. Jesus is far more powerful than the devil that Jesus could demolish the devil anytime He wants.  But Jesus needs also our cooperation because He gave free will to decide.  Choice is ours’. When are we going to recognize and be grateful for His presence?    As the first reading invites to repent and cry to God, let us repent for giving space for evil in our life and cry that Holy Spirit may cover us. Evil may appear in number of ways everyday to destroy.  Am I ready to repent and turn to Jesus or to choose the evil? Let us ask God’s grace to fill us with His Spirit.

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