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Meeting Christ in the Liturgy
by Fr. Cusick
Third Sunday of Lent 
Ephesians 5. 1-9; Psalm 9. 20, 4; Luke 11, 14-28

In his divine goodness the Lord Jesus Christ casts out demons, manifesting his almighty power and the coming of the kingdom among men. The people gather around in awe, and yet they do not believe: "It is through Beelzebul the prince of demons that he casts out demons."  We encounter in Christ our Redeemer, and we know that in him is revealed for our sakes the kingdom of God in its fullness.  And while we await a "new heavens and a new earth" we yet undergo our own trials against evil as we struggle in Lent to overcome sin, to fully embrace in our lives our own share in Christ's victory which has overcame the Fall of Adam. 

God is infinitely good and all his works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or the evils in nature which seem to be linked to the limitations proper to creatures: and above all to the question of moral evil. Where does evil come from? 'I sought whence evil comes and there was no solution.' said St. Augustine, and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For 'the mystery of lawlessness' is clarified only in the light of the 'mystery of our religion.' The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace. We must therefore approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 385)

The only thing unchosen by God, uncreated by God and apart from him in the world is evil. Evil is the burden for the cause of which we cannot blame God, for the Almighty is and knows only good. But he can bring good out of evil: a resurrection out of every cross, life from every death. With Christ good will always triumph over evil if we will only let him have the sovereignty and power over our hearts and minds. We must make fidelity to God the priority over our need to blame him or someone else when tragedy strikes or sadness plagues us. Let your questioning in the midst of the mystery of evil be transformed by the mystery of God's superabundant grace in a "conversion to the living God" and that will be all the answer you will ever need. 

I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we "meet Christ in the liturgy",  

-Father Cusick 

Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website