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Monday, January 30, 2006
Today's Gospel (Jan 30, 2006)

January 30, 2006
Monday in the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Gospel reading was very similar to last Sunday's Gospel reading where Our Lord called the unclean spirit out of a man. Today's Gospel also recounts one of these events. And, it is so important to understand how the world has come full circle. No longer are we hoping and praying for Jesus to drive the evil out of our life, but we try and drive our Lord away. We support contraception, abortion, no prayers in school, and the list goes on.

Jesus Christ is Lord! I will proclaim this from this day forward and for all eternity. But, I will not be a hypocrite. I beg Our Lord for his mercy, and I also know that only Jesus can drive out the evil in us.

This is why Confession is so important. For me it is the 2nd most important Sacrament after the Eucharist itself because in Confession, Jesus Christ forgives us. There are His Divine Words:

"As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained" (John 20:21–23).

Jesus Christ commanded us to go to Him in Confession so that He might again forgive us and drive evil away. This beautiful Sacrament is essential.

Image Source: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The Return of the Prodigal Son. 1670-74. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.


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