(Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, January 21, 2018.

“In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?’ ” (Mark 1:23-24).
God teaches you to destroy evil in all its forms.
Just as God expels the unclean spirit from a man, so he will expel all evils from our world; and just as the possessed man went into “convulsions” before the evil spirit left him, so will the world undergo violent convulsions in order to be freed from evil. Now, it is your responsibility to follow God’s work, and free the world from all evil.
Evil infiltrates all spheres of human society.
Evil can infiltrate our families, our societal institutions under seemingly “acceptable” forms, and hide in them. But the presence of God, acting through you, will force evil to come out from hiding.
Evil cannot hide neither from God nor from you.
People who pursue the truth and goodness of God have the power to expose the lie and evil. God’s presence in us gives us the ability to identify, expose, and expel evil wherever evil is found, for good and evil cannot coexist with each other, and the struggle between the two produces violent convulsions.
God shares with us his authority to expel the evil hidden in our society.
God grants his people his authority, which is radically different from the authority of the evildoers who speak in the name of their own gods: the gods of earthly power. God warns us that if a person “presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die” (Deuteronomy 18:20).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).