Tuesday, October 3 (September 20), 2023
Eph. 4:14-19, Mk. 11:27-33
The Lord is proving His Heavenly mission by the testimony of St. John the Baptist [Mk. 11:30] ─ the Pharisees are silent, having no opposing arguments, but still do not believe. On another occasion, when He proved the same with His own actions, they invented a trick ─ “by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils” [Mk. 3:22] ─ and when the trick was exposed as totally pointless, they shut up likewise, yet did not believe either.
This is the custom of unbelievers: no matter what you say, no matter how well you proof the truth, they do not believe; they have no means to argue, yet do not believe anyway. One might suspect they are simply brainless ─ but no: they can reason very well on any other subject. Only when the faith is at stake, they get confused in most basic concepts and notions.
Similarly confused they become when they attempt to put forth their views in place of the age-old God-given precepts of faith. They claim that all their reasoning is founded, like upon a solid rock, upon doubt ─ but, quite clearly even for a child, their own theories are ridiculously shaky, no stronger than a spider web. Incredible blindness!
Their obstinacy can only be explained if they are unwilling to believe ─ but whence comes the unwillingness?? And why is it so absolutely powerful that an otherwise clever, intelligent person willfully abandons logical thought?... There is deep darkness here ─ is it not from the father of darkness?