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Tag Archive for ‘good and evil’

Tuesday 10 December

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13; Matthew 18:12-14 Home, home at last Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart. So, I suspect, does lostness and foundness. Our life is a process of being found in […]

Tuesday 25 June

TWELFTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME Genesis 3:2, 5-18; Psalm 15; Matthew 7:6, 12-14 Knowledge means responsibility The Adam and Eve story in the book of Genesis has several layers of meaning. It is most commonly known as the story of the fall because, in choosing to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and […]

Wednesday 8 February

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17; Psalm 104; Mark 7:14-23 They chose life The difficulty of knowing right from wrong and of making moral choices is as old as the story of Adam and Eve. Sometimes we are moved to choose what will give us more energy and life. Sometimes we favour what will be a safer choice […]

Wednesday 11 February

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17; Psalm: 104; Mark 7:14-23 By their fruits God gives humanity the earth to cultivate and care for all that God has made. But humanity must never usurp God’s sovereignty as Creator. To eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would be tantamount to usurping the role of God. […]

Tuesday 3 September

ST GREGORY THE GREAT 1 Thessalonians5: 1-6, 9-11, Psalm 27, Luke 4: 31-37 Dealing with evil There are no greater portrayals of the struggle between good and evil than the reports of Jesus casting out unclean spirits. If Jesus had to struggle against evil, it is certain that His followers will also be asked to […]

Thinking for yourself

Most of the pieces I write for the Marist Messenger are sharing with you all the thoughts that have been going through my own mind.   It’s only in these later years of my life that I have given much mind to philosophy and puzzling about spiritual truths and mysteries. In the earlier years of […]

God, Good and Evil

I HAVE felt tormented lately, trying to understand why God has allowed mankind the power to commit acts of gross atrocity. A few moments ago the conundrum was resolved when I suddenly realised that man’s capacity for evil is inversely proportional to his capacity for good.  Having that new understanding is both terrifying and beautiful; […]