The Problem of Pain

(c) Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.

September 5, 2017

Dear Family of Mary!

“…His words are the seeds of eternal life. Sown in good souls they bring numerous fruits…” (September 2, 2017)

Jesus’ words are power. They come from the Father for us, and have the creative power of God’s love. Our Lady tells us the when Jesus was with her on earth he was absorbed with the thoughts and works of the Father:

“My Son loved the thoughts and the works of the Heavenly Father, the true God.” (September 2, 2017)

Jesus’ words were formed by the thoughts and works of the Heavenly Father. They flowed from all they Jesus knew of His Father. And so His words were from the heart of the Father. And they were, and are, powerful.

Our Gospel today tells of one of those times when Jesus spoke, and His words had authority and power, even over demons:

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the Sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are-the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.|They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region. (Luke 4: 31-37)

“What is there about his word?” Jesus spoke and demons fled. Jesus spoke and hearts were converted. Jesus spoke and bodies were healed. Jesus’ words are the seeds of eternal life. When those seeds are scattered, life springs up and evil vanishes.

May we cherish Jesus’ words, given to us in our Gospels. They are the seeds of eternal life for each one of us. May we allow them to be planted deeply in the soil of our hearts, where we can cherish them, tend to them, and nurture them through prayer. We will find ourselves delivered of all evil, healed, forgiven, and transformed into people of God!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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