Friday, March 18, 2011

There Can Be No Indifference, There Is No Neutral Ground

The Gospel According To Luke (11:15-26)
     When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: ‘By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.’  Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.  But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
     “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.  And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
     "If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out?  Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.

    “When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,his possessions are safe.  But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.  Whoever is not with me is against me,and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
     “When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says,‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’  But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”
Academicians, the subject matter of this Gospel passage is one of the reasons why this venerable cyberAcademy was founded and will continue.

Several times during the year, Holy Mother Church reminds us of the bottom line purpose of Christ’s mission. It is the Kingdom of God against the kingdom of sin and lies and evil!

The Lord Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel Reading are a reminder to us:
There is NO NEUTRAL ZONE in the Christian life. We are either with Jesus or not with Jesus; we are either on-the-way with Jesus or we are in His way.
There can be NO INDIFFERENCE about Our Lord Jesus and His Gospel. If we are indifferent, then – automatically – we are helping the kingdom of darkness, sin and evil.

Neutrality in our Christian life renders us empty, and leaves us vulnerable to spiritual attack:
  • Spiritual attack from our personal lusts;
  • Spiritual attack from the lies and influence of evil people in this world;
  • Spiritual attack from the tempting lies of Satan who is hell-bent on destroying us from WITHIN!

There is one form of human sinfulness that has the power to separate us from God.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to Papal Household, says that each one of us, if we examine our conscience well, will realize that apart from all the sins we commit, there is one habitual sin that is different from all the others –- because we are more ready to commit it.
  • That sin is the one we are secretly attached to, which we confess but without a real will to give it up.
  • That sin is the sin we think we can never free ourselves of: Because, in fact, we do not want to free ourselves of it, at least, not right now!
  • That sin enslaves us until we truly say "enough!" Then it loses almost all its power over us. Then we are firmly on Christ’s side!
To conquer sin and evil, we need faith! We believe that we can be filled with Christ’s life and Christ’s love. That is why we are Catholics and Catholic Jedi:  Because we want to be more than "nice" people. We want to be Christ-Like people, conquering evil with the power of our Faith-In-Christ.

So, what really counts in our lifetime on earth is to be faithfully, consistently on Christ’s side: to live as trusting and loving children of His Father -- with no compromises.

Dear Catholic Jedi, let's listen up!  You and I must  renew our commitment to work with and for the Lord Jesus, not against Him!

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Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
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