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St. Mary of Egypt

In last Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9:17-31), the disciples were disappointed because they could not cast out a demon from a young man, but Christ did. His disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” The Lord responds, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.

Answer the Clarion Call!

How often God has knocked at the door of our heart, but we have not answered?
 
Why? Sin.
 
Not sin is the sense we identify sin to be, breaking the 'law', but it's the sin of neglect, self-absorption, jealousy, and envy, among others, which keeps us from experiencing God's love, his light, his joy. We live outside the Kingdom, and sadly, enjoy it.
 
Christ begins his public ministry with the clarion call to repent. This is the message on the Sunday After the Theophany. The 'epiphany' (manifestation) each person needs to experience is to be enlighten by the vision of God in all things; to hear God and to behold the cross as the vision as our personal encounter with God.
 
Unless we are prepared to change, the door to God will remain closed.
 
Each of us is called to commune with God in such a way, that God and each of us should become an active partaker of the Divine life, and becomes sons and daughters of the living God. This is what we are called to become, this is our vocation, this is the reason we live.
 
It can happen, if our hearts and minds are determined to change, to repent.
 
-Fr Marc Vranes  

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