After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.”
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
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But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” — Matthew 9: 34
Some people seem hell-bent on finding the darkness in every situation. Jesus heals the sick and frees the demon bound – and all that the Pharisees see is wickedness! If they were around today, they’d team up with the folks at a parish I’ve heard about who anonymously leaflet the parking lot during Mass. They’re always sore about something, and they point the finger at everyone but themselves. Those who are obsessed with evil might benefit from a little demon release of their own.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, why are we so surprised when people attribute less than honorable motives to our genuine acts of goodness? We are baffled when we repeatedly try to reach out to that person filled with negativity only to be rejected by a sour countenance. We try and try to figure out the “why” for the critical view toward us, but the reason simply eludes us. Then we recall the senseless rejection you experienced and take heart with our situations. Help us, Lord, not to let the nay-sayers take away our joy or halt our efforts to serve.
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