The temptation of becoming the wrong kind of Zealot in an unjust world...
I feel certain that some forces against good are very dark and secret: I think the Bush administration had way too much prior knowledge of 9/11 to not rule out that the terrorist attack was an inside job, that most wars are for profit, that the 1% have no intention of giving up their wealth without a fight. I think the Intelligence Community knows far too much about us. And I have other thoughts, fears, and suspicions, more so perhaps than most Americans."
So, yesterday's Gospel reading: For me, a good reminder to stop going to war, per se, with evil -- and if I do, to do so without anger or contempt or violence (in word or deed.) And that maybe my first job is to become " a strong man.." (in spirit) whose faith would be a good defense against the theft of my soul. Jesus warns us that we can't play by Satan's rules, on the field Satan has chosen for the contest.
"Every subject's duty is the king's, but every subject's soul is his own." Henry V
Gospel Mk 3:22-30
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive 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; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin. ”For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Joe Earls is a Catholics United member.