Wednesday, January 14, 2015


We follow Jesus into the Synagogue at Caphernaum.  There he encounters a man with an unclean spirit.  What is striking is the question posed by the unclean spirit to Jesus, "Have you come here to destroy us?"


What a statement.  Should we not ask the same question.  Has Jesus come to destroy us?

Jesus says he as come to set the world on fire.  He also says that we must die daily.  He tells us that we can not let any relationship trump our relationship with him.

There is in a certain degree truth to the statement posed by the spirit.

I think Jesus has come to destroy something in us.  We need to be aware of this truth as we journey each day and encounter challenges and obstacles and opportunities.

St Laura who was canonized in 2013 reveals a certain secret to life and in relationship with God.  She would pray daily this prayer, "Lord, destroy me, and upon my ruins build a monument to your glory."


Think on that today.  What in us needs to be destroyed so that a true building worthy of God's glory can be raised in and through our life and love that we share.

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