Tuesday of the 22nd week in the ordinary time

Theme: “I know who you are”

It is interesting how the forces of evil easily detect those who are not for them and will easily pose as a threat to what they represent. The demon knew Jesus immediately he saw him, it is very possible that majority of the people do not have a good knowledge of who Jesus is, that is why the scripture said they were amazed at the fact that even the demon obeyed his command. That is why; you and I are privileged people, by virtue of the fact that we are followers of Christ. He is always ready to heal, restore and bless us at all times; for our own good. Each time we encounter God with an open heart and faith, he is ever ready to do more than we are requesting from him. Just like in our gospel reading of today, it was basically the assertion of the demon that led to the prompt healing of the man who was being tormented by the demon.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, do you truly know who Jesus is? The demons easily recognize him, how about you? As children of God, it is expected that we are supposed to live our lives as people who truly know God, in our words and actions. Knowing God in our word and not in our actions may not really take us far in our journey to make eternal life. We must continue to strive to ensure that there is a harmony between our words and the way we live our lives as children of God that we are. The assertion of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians if taking seriously will help us to a great extent to make it happen. Paul admonishes us to go beyond the physical to the realm of the spirit, and we will know and understand God better. Operating on the level of the physical will limit us and not take us far in the issues that have to do with God. Thus, if we truly desire to achieve it, then we must not live our life according to the spirit of the world that is carnal.

My brothers and sisters in Christ let us continue to work hard to live a life that is good and pleasing to God. This is because as children of God, much is expected from us, and we must do our best to lead good life that will make us better Christians and children of God. As you continue to strive to make heaven, may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.

Tuesday of the 22nd week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp