Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

Paulo Coelho tells the story of a Persian poet Rumi Moavia. Once whole asleep,he was woken by a strange man. “Who are you? What do you want?” He asked. I am Lucifer, came the reply and he said: “it is the hour of prayers and yet you are still asleep.” Moavia was amazed. The prince of darkness, responsible for destruction of many on earth is reminding him to fulfill his religious duties. He spent whole night in prayer to God to enlighten him to see what is wrong and then argued with Lucifer. At last the Lucifer gave in and replied:

“Of course I woke you up so that you would not miss your prayer. My intention was not to bring you closer to God. I know if you miss the hour of prayer, you will be profoundly sad and pray with twice faith asking forgiveness. In the sight of God those prayers of love and repentance are equivalent to two hundred prayers said in an ordinary and automatic way. You would end up more purified and inspired. God would love you more and I would be still further from your soul.”

Evil often is dressed up as emissary of good, but with an intention to destroy. “And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). In disguise this enemy can plunder and destroy. Many are today sad victims of his guise. Being enriched by life of Christ and enlightened by the Spirit, the failure of a person to recognize the mask of evil and to resist him is the sin against the Spirit. It is the unavailability to be led by the Spirit of God. Because it is the Spirit who guides one to the whole truth (Jn 16:13).

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