REFLECTION CAPSULE FOR THE DAY – Feb 01, 2021: Monday

“Understanding that true integrity and authority can work tremendous wonders, conversions of heart and transformations of life!”

(Based on Heb 11:32-40 and Mk 5:1-20 – Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1)

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 and rejoicing, 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!

Jesus had come to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gerasenes.

When He came to this place, Jesus encountered the man with an unclean spirit…
…. powerful and strong
… commanding and terrifying

But the Majestic Presence of the Lord, overwhelmed this spirit-possessed person.

The Gospel says, “And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him…” (Mk 5:6)

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 an honest lifestyle in accordance to God’s Will and teachings

The Gospel 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?

As we enter into this new month of February and as we offer our lives to the Providence of the Lord, let us seek to ensure, that:

Our prayers become a true raising of hearts to God…
Our reception of the Sacraments become an honest transformation for life…
Our 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!

God Bless! Live Jesus!


Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism:
TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” – that is, of Christ Jesus.
Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this Revelation may reach to the ends of the earth
God graciously arranged that the things He had once revealed for the salvation of all peoples…

… should remain in their entirety, throughout the ages, and be transmitted to all generations! (CCC #74)

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