Third Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Monday of Ordinary Time 27 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. (Mark 3: 24-25) How shall I live this Word? There is a young priest whose books have been read in recent times. This is Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco. Let’s read what he tells us about understanding today’s Gospel: “If we want to annihilate a person, let’s throw a label of evil on him: ‘He is a devil.’ From then on, everything that person says and does will be viewed and interpreted with prejudice.” It is the same thing the scribes attempt to do towards Jesus: “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” But Jesus, with strict logic, dismantles piece by piece the prejudice of the scribes: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided in itself, that kingdom cannot stand. In the same way, if Satan has...