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January 23

FOCUS:  Satan's evil ways will not prevail against us if we walk with Jesus.

Reflection

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Hebrews 9: 15, 24-28

Psalm 98

Mark 3: 22-30


Today’s gospel sets forth a great challenge to the scribes who objected to the ministry of Jesus so deeply that they got themselves into twisted logic. After the scribes accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of satan, Jesus points out the desperation with which they are trying to dismiss His teaching but all they are really doing is the work of satan – that is, division.


Division of the family, of the Church, of our communities is a great desire of satan. Jesus, though, reminds us today that we can’t let even sin divide us, rather, He gives us a means to dust ourselves off and keep moving forward together. He promises the forgiveness of all sin. Any goofy thing we may do, and any really bad thing we may do, will all be forgiven. What is not forgiven is the sin against the Holy Spirit. In the encyclical Dominum et Vivificantem, Saint Pope John Paul II explains it as “the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers to man through the Holy Spirit”. We must never be afraid that our sins are so bad that Jesus will not forgive us, and we can’t think we are not sinners or we do not need to ask for forgiveness.


That is an important reminder for us on this day the Church sets aside to focus on the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Every life, from conception to natural death is precious and we must absolutely do all we can to ensure they are protected. When we fail to do that, when we fail to support efforts to care for the unborn, we walk right into the trap satan has set.


Spend time in prayer today desiring we have the courage to take up the fight, the courage to not give in to the lunacy of anything that fails to protect the unborn, and pray in particular for those who have undergone the procedure that ends life to know that they are precious in God’s eyes and He wants them close to Him.


Go smile at God today!

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