26. Jun, 2019

Gospel Reflection: Wednesday week 12, year 1

By their fruits you will know them

In Matthews beatitudes he calls blessed those who are insulted and persecuted because of Christ. And in Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy he states that anyone devoted to Christ will be persecuted.

On the other hand, false prophets are loved by the world. There is nothing for the world to oppose because they don’t preach love of the Cross, discipline, sacrifice. However, they are known by their fruits. Around them will be enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions and even hatred (Galatians 5: 19-20).

At the heart of this turmoil is the accuser or satan who thrives on division, splitting, confusion, disruption. Accusation and division are the marks of the demonic.

Rollo May of Rockefeller Institute has several chapters in his work on psychiatry on the diabolic. What is the diabolic from the purely psychiatric point of view? Dr. Rollo May analyzes the word diabolic, it comes from the Greek words dia and balime. Dia-balime is to tear apart, rend asunder. Anything, therefore, that breaks pattern, that destroys unity, that corrupts gestalt (organized whole), produces discord – that is the diabolical.

Accusation and division are the marks of the demonic. On the other hand, Christians carry the burden of each other and build unity. This produces love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).