Ilustration from the manuscrit "Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry" (1500)

Be silent! Get out of that man

Ilustration from the manuscrit "Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry" (1500)
Illustration taken from the manuscript “Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry” (1500)

«Then a man who was in the synagogue, possessed by an unclean spirit, began to cry out,” What have you got to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? You came to ruin us! I know who you are: the saint of God “. And Jesus scolded him: “Be silent! Get out of that man”» (Mk 1,23)

This passage of the Gospel makes us reflect. Who is this impure spirit introduced into this man? How does he talk through him?
To understand it we must return to two thousand years ago when “impure spirit” could be translated by “unclean breath”. A breath that could inspire you to say words and to take actions that are not right.
Today, as then, how many times, taken from the ravings, from the sad words we utter words in which after we do not recognize ourselves and that we are even convinced that they have not even thought? Or we realize what we have said only a long time after having expressed it. How often do we do things automatically, without thinking about it, without realizing the consequences on others and the wounds we cause?

Of course, this happens when we lose contact with ourselves when we are disconnected. To reconnect with ourselves, the first question to ask is: “Who am I?”. “What do I want and what do I no longer want to be?” The loving observation of oneself is essential to make this distinction and help us grow. So we can silence the part that lives in us but from which we want to distance ourselves because it pollutes the essence of our soul.

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