It is 3rd February 2020. We celebrate the Memorial of St Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. The readings are from 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30, 16:5-13 and the Gospel from Mark 5:1-20. It is not good to oppose God when we have failed and fallen in the realm of sins. At times, we are broken inwardly and do not know the reasons why it happens what it happens except attributing to God, when people speak ill of us repeatedly, abuse us and the events that unfold opposite to what we wish for. Nothing happens without God’s approval. We all have to go through pain and penance when we have gone against the will and plan of God. In the first reading, we reflect king David fleeing from his own son Absalom who claimed the kingship and wanted to kill him. As he was walking barefoot with his household, someone curses him for the murder he committed and replacing Saul. The follower and well-wisher wanted to kill the one who is cursing the king. “Let him alone and let him curse; for the Lord has bidden him. It may be that the Lord will look on my distress and the Lord will repay me with good for this cursing of me today.” (2 Sam. 16:11). There is a group of people in everyone’s life that hate us for no reason and Inflicting evil and suffering on us opposing to the One who delivers us at any moment of our life from our addictions is Jesus. At no cost and no time, we engage in repaying evil for evil. We need to surrender ourselves to the Lord and find the reasons we look for from the One who has permitted to happen on account of our sinfulness and addictions. When we are faced with insults, indifferences, and verbal abuses, we must be humble to embrace the truth and learn to ignore the exaggerated facts. Just like David, we need to ignore the evil and embark on the road of righteousness. Every abusive moment offers us either recourse to prayer like David or to explode and emit the uncontrollable forces of evil from us. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Arise, Lord, save me, my God.” (Ps.3:8). The Gospel invites us to be the evangelisers of the exuberance of healing that the Lord has done in our life. “Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in His mercy has done for you.” (Mk.5:19). Every evil we encounter can be dealt seriously by the Lord. Jesus alone can free us from all possession of evil when we are willing to serve the Lord. May the Lord help us to return to Him in order that we continue spread the goodness of love and forgiveness to all. May God bless you. Have a good day.

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