Faith Sharing – January 24
Mark 3: 22-30
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander
they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”
You have been given a difficult task, but do not be disheartened. God has appointed you. When God imposes an office on us, he also gives us the necessary grace and strength to be able to administer it according to his holy will. You want to forget yourself in order to serve the sisters. The office of a superior indeed, demands sacrifice especially if the community is large. Like St. Francis de Sales, let us make this our constant principle and seek to regulate our actions, even our desires and wishes accordingly: to God the honour, to our neighbour the benefit and to ourselves the burden. (Mother Maria, letter to Sr. Andrea- 1895)
1. What feelings are in your heart as you begin this day?
2. What word, phrase, or attitude touches me this morning? What are these readings saying to me?
3. What grace do you wish to pray for today?