Beware of the
May 2, 2020
Iím referring to that
episode in the gospel where Christ was accosted by a man possessed
by many devils who called themselves, Legion, precisely because they
were many. (cfr. Mk 5,1-20)
It is said that the
possessed man was so unwieldy that no chain nor fetters nor man was
strong enough to control him. And that was because he was so
dominated by many devils that nothing and no one could help him.
Only Christ could.
That gospel story somehow
demonstrates what can happen to us individually or collectively as a
society. If we are not careful, we can allow the devil to enter and
possess us. And things can get worse when, God forbid, a demonic
infestation can occur.
We should always be wary
of the devils and be ready to handle them properly. They exist. And
their only purpose in their existence is to do evil, to go against
God and to everyone and everything that God loves. They were
originally good angels who rebelled against God upon their creation.
Being pure spirits and
therefore are free and intelligent beings, the devils misused their
intelligence and freedom by choosing to replace God upon their
creation. That choice has plunged them, being pure spirits, into an
irreversible eternal state of enmity against God and against
everything else that comes from God and is still with God.
Many if not all the
temptations that come our way originate or are being orchestrated by
devils. The proper attitude we should have when temptations come is
to reject these temptations immediately, never giving them a chance
to advance in their plot by dialoguing with them, and to go to God
Letís remember that when
temptations come, it is because we have let down our guard. It means
that our union with God has loosened, if not completely broken,
often without even our noticing it.
Thus, when temptations
come, we really should intensify our prayers and presence of God,
since with God can we resist them. We should also submit our body to
some severe discipline because when tempted the body easily falls
and drags our spirit with it.
And given the way the
world is now, we can readily say that the devil is having a heyday.
Thatís because with all the developments we are having today, we
often are easily intoxicated by them and we become quite worldly, a
perfect condition for the devils to pull their tricks.
That is why we have a lot
of disorders around Ė people into addictions, violence, terrorism,
suicide, envy, greed, laziness, pride, vanity, etc.
We should try our best not
to be swallowed by the worldly allure of these developments. While
these developments are good and serve a good purpose, we have to see
to it that they are always offered to God. Their use should be an
expression of our belief, love and thanksgiving to God. Otherwise,
they can only take us away from God.
In fact, we have to figure
out how these new developments play in the abiding providence of God
over us. They just cannot be allowed to flow according to worldly
laws and values. That is why we have to spend time praying and
asking God for enlightenment and strength.
There is also a need for
constant purification, since we cannot deny that in spite of our
good efforts, we cannot avoid some moral and spiritual dirt. Not
only should we rectify our intentions constantly. We should also
purify our thoughts, memory and imagination, our feelings and
passions, and our senses.
From time to time, we may
have to have recourse to some extraordinary corporal mortifications
like fasting, abstinence, denying ourselves some comfort, etc.,
since the body really needs to be properly subdued.
Lastly, regular and
frequent recourse to the sacraments of confession and the Holy
Eucharist would do a lot of wonders for us.