Spiritual poise silences anger

Imagine for a moment walking into a classroom, an office, a fast food restaurant, or even into your church. Suddenly, someone, perhaps a total stranger, singles you out and targets you with his or her wrath. Such a lambasting may be threatening and even portend a physical assault. 

That is pretty much what happened to Christ Jesus when he encountered a violent lunatic as he entered the old synagogue at Capernaum on the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee. The mentally distressed man launched an unprovoked verbal tirade. Luke’s Gospel says the man “had a spirit of an unclean devil” (4:33). For a few moments it got pretty ugly with the fellow making an unpleasant scene.

Let the carnival go on!
January 30, 2012

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