And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons."And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come.But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered."Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" — for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
Today is Monday the 28 January, in the third week of Ordinary Time.
One Hope Project sing, ‘My Soul Rests’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
It might be a little hard hearing this warning about the danger of a house divided against itself.Does this warning bring to mind any divisions I am aware of in the world around me that are unnecessary, or destructive, or shameful?
Yet, as well as a warning, there is also a promise here, that a greater power has entered the world, a greater power than the forces of division and hatred.What signs of this greater power can I recognise in the world around me, and in my own life?
As I listen to the passage from Mark’s gospel again, can I hear Jesus’s promise of something radical occurring, and hear it as relevant to my own circumstances, my own life?
What might I be able to do in the circumstances of my life, to overcome division?Can I talk to God now about what I might be called to do to build up and unite, to be an instrument of healing and reconciliation?