Capsule for the Day
Sometimes, we have to chase out of our lives the negative voices or better put, voices that contradict God's Word. Example, in Matthew 9:18-26, the flute-players were playing songs for the dead. Meanwhile, the Word spoke, "she is alive". He drove them out so that others can hear the Word.
There is always that tension between the Word and the competing negative voices. These voices militate against us. They project lies so forcefully that we take them to be the truth. We are caught in the web of lies that entangle us and deafen us to the Truth of the Word - The Word of Life!
But the Word gives life. He gave life to the official's daughter. He can give life to our situation, our marriage, or our family that the negative voices have repeatedly declared dead. Are we to listen to the voices or to the Word? We have a choice here... "I place before you life and death... choose life...."
Fr. Francis Afu