VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day July 2018
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Thirteenth week of ordinary time
28 Arriving at the other shore, in the land of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs, coming out of the tombs, went to meet him; they were so angry that no one could go that way. 29 And behold, they began to cry out, "What do you want from us, Son of God? Did you come here to torment us ahead of time? "
30 At some distance from them was a large herd of pigs grazing; 31 and the demons begged him, saying, "If you send us away, send us to the herd of pigs." 32 He said to them, "Go!" And they went out, and went into the pigs: and, behold, the whole herd came down from the cliff into the sea and they died in the waters.
33 The herdsmen then fled and, entering the city, told everything and even the demoniac fact. 34 Then the whole city went out to meet Jesus: when they saw him, they begged him to move away from their territory.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Christ, Satan and us
This page of the Gospel is reported in more detail by Mk 5: 1-20 (which speaks of one demoniac) is one of the moments in which Jesus finds himself face to face with the devil, even if present in the person of these two men possessed by Satan.
Before the manifestation to the world of the Son of God, also Satan is forced to manifest himself and recognize Jesus as the Son of God. But Jesus does not want to receive testimony from Satan, who knows very well who Jesus is, but from us, that we know little about him and very often only by hearsay.
Jesus always had a direct confrontation with Satan, who can do nothing against his person, if not to set men against Him. On the contrary, we have an indirect confrontation with Satan in general, who plays hide and throw. his snares and tricks, to keep us in his hand, make us sin, until we get to do irreparable things. And today we always have news of criminal acts of every kind and of moral disorders of all kinds, which involve everyone, including consecrated persons, especially their own.
Nobody can get rid of the devil. He is a spiritual and immortal being, part of God's creation, but of that part that mysteriously rebelled against him.
We must convince ourselves of its existence and its continuous presence in our lives and that we must have a continuous clash with Him if we want to obtain some victory. If we think we can do it without grace, prayer and virtue, easily there
The devil is present both in his personal life and in the life of the Church in general and monkeys his every initiative.
For example, while the Synod of Bishops for Youth is being prepared, he is already working to prepare a counter-synod, which will take place during the Synod (3-28 October 2018), to suggest proposals to the Synod contrary to the will of God. In addition, it will invade the synod of an unprecedented spirit of lust, along with many other surprises. Then of these and many other things fills the life of the Church.
So where are Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Mother of God and the saints? They are always ready to support and give strength to those who want to enter the agony against Satan. Those who do not want to do this fight will be gently accompanied by him.