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Reflection – Lectionary: 317

“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.'” (Jesus’ encounter with the scribes in the Gospel) This encounter presented to us today in the Scriptures truly relayed to us the sense of viciousness and ferocity of the climate into which both King David and Jesus the Christ (and our King) had to begin their respective reign and ministry. Here is an excellent example of character assassination in the Bible. Jesus addressed the issue in a very beautiful and Messianic way. He confronted evil with the sheer power of his truth and love. He invited those present and us this very day to enter a deeper reflection on the mystery of His Kingdom and the invitation to live there for all eternity.

When individuals are unaware of the evil within their hearts and personality, they project it onto others they believe to be the very existence of evil in their own twisted and malformed perspectives. Because the scribes were blind, they were trapped and looked completely foolish and pathetic. We often despise in others what we despise in our own lives. Make sure Jesus lives and moves and breathes in yours.

“It is surprising how many persons go through life without recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you are not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” Sydney J. Harris

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