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Lenten reflection, day 20

 Scripture readings: Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95; Luke 11:14-23

dove of peaceToday’s Gospel reminds me of that famous phrase “Lift yourself up by your bootstraps.” Of course, it’s impossible. So too is it impossible for the kingdom of Beelzebul to be overthrown by Beelzebul.

If the people of Jesus’ era had only stopped to think about it, they would have come to the same conclusion. Jesus gently suggests that if it isn’t by any power of evil that He performs miracles, then, maybe, just maybe, we’d have to conclude that the Kingdom of God has arrived and is now upon us.

How human is that: people suggest an impossibility rather than believe what should be obvious: the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of peace, has arrived and is now available to all.

What a tremendous gift we have received! Jesus came to announce that peace is now available not only to the Jews but to all! We need to be reminded of this over and over. The peace that Jesus announced is available to me today, March 27, 2014!

Rev. John Harrison, C.Ss.R.
Annapolis, Md.

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