Now that Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi are over, we have returned to Ordinary time. Now that the earth has returned to the ordinary green of summer, so does the Church.
Even as those sacred times are solemn, beautiful, and profound there is a sense of relief as we return to ordinariness. Yet, can we ever truly be ordinary again once we’ve allowed the Lord to touch our lives? Rather we must allow the Lord enter and be the center of even the ordinary circumstances of life.
For if the Lord is not sovereign, if the Lord is not the “center of gravity” in our lives, there is no power vacuum, something or someone else will take that place.
“In today’s Gospel Jesus has just been healing and casting out demons in Galilee. Along with the crowds, who flock to Him so that He can’t even take a break to eat, come people who do not understand what He is doing. Even His friends think He has lost His mind and needs to be taken away for a while. But the scribes who came down from Jerusalem are not just honestly mistaken; they accuse Him of being possessed by the prince of demons.
The reality is just the opposite. Jesus is revealing Himself as the one promised in our first reading. He is the seed of the woman who has come to crush the head of the demonic serpent.
In the parable of the strong man, Jesus reveals that He has come not just to punish the devil but to free those bound by him. As St. Bede explains, ‘The Lord has also bound the strong man, that is, the devil: which means, He has re- strained him from seducing the elect, and entering into his house, the world; He has spoiled his house, and His goods, that is men, because He has snatched them from the snares of the devil, and has united them to His Church.’
The scribes blaspheme by attributing this work of the Holy Spirit to demons. Je- sus adds a statement that shocks us at first: ‘whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness.’
That does not mean that there are any limits to the mercy of God (CCC 1864). Rather, the only sin that cannot be forgiven is the deliberate refusal to accept the mercy offered through the Holy Spirit.
Instead, we must imitate those who sat at Jesus’ feet. For, as He said, ‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.’” (Dr. Scott Hahn)
God bless you all, Father Letona
I will be attending a LifeTeen Conference in Phoenix, Arizona from Sunday night (June 10th) through Wednesday night (June 13th). Daily Mass will resume Thursday Morning, June 14th. I’d appreciate your prayers for safe travels. Thank you.