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Friday, May 10, 2013

Every Thought Captive

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.  (Luke 7:39)
They knew her only as the harlot. The outcast. Pariah. Even as she wet her lord’s feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair, they despised her as ‘a sinner.’
But they didn’t know what she knew. They didn’t see what Jesus saw. And I wonder if they would have even cared. Jesus changed her from the inside out. She knelt before her Lord as a new creation. His beloved and precious possession. She’d been born again. Mary was, as St. Paul would later describe, “Washed . . . sanctified . . . [and] justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Do you think she might still have had her detractors until the day she died? Did some always call her ‘whore’? Human nature being as it is, I’m sure Mary heard the whispers and caught the glances for the rest of her life. Some never will see what God sees. They never will know the change God works in the heart of the penitent.
Of hers. Of mine.
Or of yours.
“You can’t.” “You won’t.” “You’ll never.”
We are today – now -- each in a deadly spiritual battle against the Father of Lies who, then as now, has many to do his bidding. He has many who wag their tongue at the Lord’s beloved, who rip at our confidence in God’s wondrous promises and His unfaltering love for us. He has many who labor with him to destroy our souls, who insist we are who we were -- and who will never accept who we have become in Christ.
Christian! Turn your eyes again and always upon Jesus. In prayer, meditating on the Scriptures, and in receiving the Eucharist, gaze into His wonderful face. And you will find the slanders of earth-minded people grow increasingly muffled in the light of Christ’s glory and grace.
Oh, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as St. Paul tells us, "The weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ." Teach us, Oh Lord, to take every thought captive to Christ. Amen.

And amen.


Barb Schoeneberger said...

I've never considered that Mary who washed Jesus feet with her tears would have had to bear derision from some for the rest of her life. It's a sobering thought, that rash judgment we all are so free about applying to others but resenting when applied to us. Our greatest consolation is that God knows our hearts and what beliefs about us that others cling to are really unimportant in the grand scheme of things. In fact, we owe these people a debt of thanks for being an occasion of reminding us of God's mercy towards us.

Joann / lioness said...

"Do you think she might still have had her detractors until the day she died? Did some always call her ‘whore’? Human nature being as it is, I’m sure Mary heard the whispers and caught the glances for the rest of her life."

I'm sure this was true of our Blessed Mother, as well, even with her spotless soul and life. If they could see holiness in Jesus, the rest of us, shouldn't expect to be regarded with more than the regard He was given.

Rich Maffeo said...

Your comment reminded me of the snide remark the Pharisees made toward Jesus in John 8:41 "We weren't born of fornication" -- as if to say to Jesus, "Your birth is surrounded by rumors about your mother and someone other than Joseph" (which, according to historical accounts is what some were saying about Mary).

No wonder many of the Pharisees looked down their noses at Jesus.

Seems a bit of fulfillment of prophecy in Wisdom 2:12-20.

Rich Maffeo said...

Barb, your comment about rash judgment is a good one. Many of us -- okay, speaking for myself -- I am often very quick to do that. I don't like to do that, and try to catch myself - - - but usually someone else calls me on my rashness, like my wife, when I start spouting off. Sure does keep me humble. I hate it.

Melanie Jean Juneau said...

quote from Jean vanier helps hold my tongue from pontificatng, " You can be right. You can be dead right and bring death to all those around you."

Rich Maffeo said...

Thanks, Melanie. But I do not understand your comment in context with my post. Help me.

Colleen said...

Some of us carry shame with us that do not belong to us. As an incest survivor, I have had to deal with that shame. But Jesus helped me heal from that shame as well. And trust in hie love, not just for me, but for all. Even my abuser. His love and mercy go on forever.
Thanks for sharing this.

Rich Maffeo said...

Colleen, thank YOU for sharing such a devastating past with us all. May God use your words to heal and comfort others.