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February 12th, 2014
Kelsea Worcester
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[331] 1 Kgs 10:1-10
Ps 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
Mark 7:14-23.

The prospect of having the capacity to generate evil thoughts and deeds to perform is terrifying to me. I have always tried to see people as well-intentioned, only capable of performing evil or perverse acts when under some other influence,  so today’s gospel caught me by surprise: if the evils we witness in daily life come from within, can people really be good?

 “From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”

How much more, then, today I am grateful that there is another force that dwells within, this one much stronger, and by invitation: the Holy Spirit. He knows us so completely; he knows our struggles, our weaknesses, our capacity for evil – yet he also knows our capacity for goodness. Perhaps I was not so wrong after all: people are good, when they are united with the Source of All Goodness.

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