Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas. This morning, the priest gave a very nice homily about him. But there’s something else that feels very pressing at the moment.
Every morning, I am greeted by an email from Bishop Robert Barron’s. I mentioned him in a previous post. In these emails, Bishop Barron recounts the day’s gospel and then expounds on its meaning. His words are always very proactive and inspirational, and sometimes they feel eerily timely.
In today’s gospel, some scribes are in a lather because Jesus is casting out demons. (Mark 3:22-30) “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” one of them says.
“By the prince of demons he drives out demons,” says another. Naturally, Jesus aims to explain to them that he’s actually working with the faith, not against it.
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand,” Jesus replies to the scribes. “And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.”
As Bishop Barron explains it, while satanic demons try to break up good things, Jesus’ aim is to put things back together.
It really feels these days like we’re trying to divide ourselves into groups, create division and focus on the negative. If you don’t feel that way, you’re probably staying away from social media and the news, and good for you!
A house divided cannot stand. We really should get back to being a united front. That doesn’t mean we all have to agree on everything. That’s never going to happen. But we can respect each other’s opinions and maybe even find common ground.
It’s times like these when the gospel provides especially great guidance, and Bishop Barron helps to drive that home. And, if I may quote one more inspirational person: In the immortal words of the late Rodney King (and I apologize for taking them out of their original context), “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all just get along?”