January 27, 2020 – 3rd Week of Ordinary Time, Year 2

“Living in integrity by offering ourselves to the Lord, in total dependence!”

(Based on 2 Sam 5:1-7, 10 and Mk 3:22-30)

It was a healing and deliverance session in a praise and worship music concert.

The music was in full blow…

>> The praises were ringing high…

>>> The atmosphere was electrified….

In that high and spirited ambience, the choir began to sing the hymn,

“In the name of Jesus, In the name of Jesus, we have the victory….

In the name of Jesus, In the name of Jesus, demons will have to flee…”

As this hymn of mighty power and deliverance was being sung…

… some of the people who were standing in front, and were reportedly demon-possessed, also began to sing and dance joyfully!

Now that was something surprising and shocking for the people who were singing on the stage…

It was a song for deliverance…

… but instead, these possessed people were also enjoying…

It was a song for liberation…

… but instead, these possessed people were also rejoicing…

On asking them as to how could they be also happy, these people answered:

“Well, although most of you are singing, ‘In the name of Jesus, demons will flee’, none of you seem to be singing it with any conviction or belief.

You seem to be enjoying the music more..

… and so therefore, we too are happy to enjoy the music and sing along!”

>> The hymn lost its power and value…

… because it was sung merely as a fast number!

>> The prayer lost its sanctity and sacredness…

… because it was sung merely as a jumping song!

There was no authority in the singing.

>> There was no credibility in the prayer.

>> There was no sincerity in the faith.

When authority and integrity are lacking in a spiritual endeavour, there is very less spiritual growth and nourishment!

>> When authority and integrity are present in a spiritual endeavour, there is much spiritual progress and advancements!

The Gospel of the Day is an exhibition of how true integrity and authority can work tremendous wonders, conversions of heart and transformations of life…

… and how it can also cause some people to engage in calumny and character-assasination!

The Gospel of the Day begins with the statement that…

… “the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul and by the prince of demons , He casts out the demons” (Mk 3:22)

One of the reasons why the Scribes were irked by the personality of Jesus was because of the tremendous authority that was displayed by Jesus!

Yes, the amazing factor in the ministry of Jesus was His tremendous authority!

>> The wondrous aspect in the ministry of Jesus was His awesome integrity!

Elsewhere, in the Gospel of St Mark, we read…

>> The people “were astonished at his teaching, for He taught as one who had authority…” (Mk 1:22)

>> “… they were all amazed so that they questioned among themselves…. ‘…with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” ( Mk 1: 27)

This authority and integrity came…

… through His deep union with His Heavenly Father.

… through His faithfulness to the commands of His heavenly Father

… through His undivided devotion to His Heavenly Father

How authoritative, credible and integral are we in our life…

… as a Christian?

… in the family?

… as a consecrated person?

Authoritative does not mean arrogance…

>> Credibility does not mean over-confidence…

>>> Integrity does not mean super-importance…

Authority, credibility and integrity in the Lord means…

… filled with the power and strength of God’s Spirit

… imbued with a deep passion for the Lord and His Church

… living in humility, an honest lifestyle in accordance to God’s Will and teachings

In the 2nd Book of Samuel, we read how the people of Israel come to David requesting him to be the king.

David accepts their request…

… but also yields himself to the Power of the Lord as he makes a covenant at Hebron, “before the Lord!” (Cf. 2 Sam 5:3).

The result of this dependence on the Lord was that, David grew greater, as the Lord blessed him

>> “And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.” (2 Sam 5:10)

When one ascribes one’s strength and abilities, to the care of the Lord…

… the Lord takes over and gives blessings and favours, in accordance with His Will!

Authority, credibility and integrity grow when one understands that the Lord is the Source, Strength and Summit of one’s life!

The readings of the Day calls us to check and examine…

… is my prayer life and devotion truly authentic and credible?

… is my preaching and spreading of God’s Word filled with His Holy Spirit?

… is my reception of the Sacraments helping me to make an honest effort to be a true Christian?

Let our prayers become a true raising of hearts to God…

>> Let the receiving of the Sacraments become an honest transformation for life…

>>> Let the spreading of God’s Word become a credible witness to God’s Kingdom….

Jesus is our model and example to be true and honest in life!

>> Jesus is our ideal and standard to be faithful and committed to our mission!

With the Psalmist, let us truly experience the Lord telling us: “My Faithfulness and Steadfast Love shall be with him!” (Ps 89:24)

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Offer up all occasions (of worry and vexations) to Him.

>> And if sometimes you are put out, and give way to impatience…

… do not be discouraged; but make haste to regain your lost composure.”


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