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The Ordinary in Extraordinary

Jul 25, 2017

The Ordinary in Extraordinary

The Gospel reading is a reality check for those of us who work in the Church. The devil has never gotten so much print time! Also known as “the enemy” or “the evil one” in Scripture, this sad and forsaken spirit has had a lot of playing time over the past few weeks. Maybe because we are in Ordinary Time, which is
anything but ordinary in the spiritual realm, the Church thinks it’s time to shake things up a bit.

  1. S. Lewis wrote a humorous book called The Screwtape Letters. The letters are written by a “senior demon,” Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood, a “newbie demon.” Wormwood is trying to interfere with a Christian man’s life in order to lead him to Hell instead of Heaven. Now that doesn’t sound very funny, but Lewis has a way with Screwtape’s words that makes you smile, nod, and ponder:

“Whatever their bodies do affects their souls. It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”

“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.”

“…in His [God’s] efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favorites have gone through longer and deeper throughs than anyone else.”

The Screwtape Letters, like the Gospel, reminds us that there are extraordinary things happening amidst our
ordinary days. Each day God offers us a myriad of Good and Beautiful choices. And every day the enemy tries to dissuade us from choosing God. When we awake, I
imagine God is excited: Here we go! Look what I have to offer you! Choose well.

No day is every truly ordinary… They are all
extraordinary. #permanentpossessionofasoul