Today is Monday the 27th of January, in the Third Week of Ordinary Time.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing: ‘We Nhliziyo yami’:  ‘O my heart be wise when your enemies surround you. Keep praying; ask the Lord for help.  For he is powerful. That is your weapon; do not lose it.  Pray without ceasing, for the Lord is powerful.’

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.

How d’you think Jesus felt, when he was accused of being possessed by the devil? (pause) How does he answer the accusation?  Has he lost his temper?  Or is he quite calm in his response?

Sometimes people get very worried about what Jesus says here: “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”.  Do these words worry you at all?  How would you advise someone who was worried or frightened by them?

Now listen to the passage again, and notice that there are two opposing sides in the story.  Ask yourself, “Which side would I like to be on?  Which side am I on?”

Finally sum up in a prayer all that you’d like to say to God the Father, or to Jesus, or to the Holy Spirit.