Thought of the day
Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian Homilies on Exodus, no.1, 5

Monday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

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Origen (c.185-253), priest and theologian Homilies on Exodus, no.1, 5

                         “ He drives out demons”

Acknowledge this: “a new king, a king of Egypt, has come to power” in you. He is the one who imposes forced labor on you and makes you produce bricks and mortar for him. He is the one who sets taskmasters and overseers over you, who forces you on to field work with whip and lash, constraining you to build his cities. It is he who urges you to traverse the world over, stirring up land and seas to satisfy his desires... 

This king of Egypt knows well that war is at hand. He forsees the coming of him who can “strip his principalities and powers, bravely triumphing over them and nailing them to the wood of the cross”... He senses that the hour of the destruction of his people is near. And so he declares: “The people of Israel is more powerful than we ourselves!” Would that he could say the same of us and that we might know ourselves more powerful than he! In what way will he sense this? If I do not accept the evil thoughts and depraved lusts he arouses in me; if I repulse his “fire-tipped arrows with the shield of faith”; if, whenever he suggests something to my soul, I say to him, calling Christ my Lord to mind: “Get away, Satan. It is written: 'The Lord, your God, you shall worship and him alone shall you serve”...

For he comes, the Lord Jesus..., to bring to submission the “principalities, dominions and powers”, to submit the children of Israel to the rage of their enemies..., to teach us once again to see God in spirit, to abandon Pharaoh's works, to leave the land of Egypt, to renounce the barbaric customs of the Egyptians, “to put away the old self with its works and put on the new self, created in God's way,” “being renewed day by day” in the image of him who created us, Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.