Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Mark 1:21-28 & Mark 5:1-20
As human beings, we are designed to be driven by light and love. To do this, we need a heart, mind and soul that is squeaky clear and clean from all ‘unclean spirits’, a.k.a. demons. All too often after doing some spiritual housecleaning, that is ‘repenting’, we let our guard down and are inveigled into unwittingly, though perhaps willingly, participate in some game of darkness. Sexual promiscuity, dabbling in the occult or willingly committing murder, aside, it is often the so-called ‘fun’ distractions of society that are the thin edge of the wedge that gives demons a foothold in our lives, soiling spirits that eventually drive any one of us away from a peaceful, joyful and fruitful life. Media of various kinds, delivered by any one of the devices in our hands and homes, crude jokes or profane language, and any of the addictions, whether substance-driven or not, can easily be inroads for unclean spirits to ‘get into’ our lives and sully our thoughts, words, and actions. This is how we can be subtly driven away from the glory and mercy of God to the dungeons of human existence, otherwise known as ‘hell’. Will I have the courage to come into the presence of Jesus to allow him to silence the unclean spirits within me, and expel them from my life? Holy Spirit of Jesus, silence and expel any unclean spirits from within me.
In the shelter of your presence you hide those who revere you; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues... I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.” But you heard my supplications when I cried out to your for help. (Psalm 31:20,22)
There is no pit so deep,
that God’s love is not deeper still.
Corrie Ten Boom
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.