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1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Cornm. entary...00- Campmgn agmnst Satan continues: Jesus cures Peter's mother-in-law ntary for Sunday, Or- time, Cycle B, Mark 1: begin a description of Ly, Mark chose . exorcism, the casting Unclean demon from a synagogue at Caper- last Sunday's It was Mark' inten- the public ministry of war between B(N FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST and the king- What better way to begin the war a direct contYontation between Jesus was the clear winner of that first War. ttis victory served to authenti- and power, of his teaching, a teaching old masters, but relying on and authoritative presentation. against Satan continues in reading. This time the confrontation eSUs and Satan is not so direct. There will between Jesus and Satan as there Story. It is not Satan himself 'd this time, but rather the results of sickness. The sick person is none mother-in-law of Simon (Peter). De- cle is very brief. Jesus comes (Peter) and his brother An- mother-in-law was running a fever. the hand, lifted her up, and tile show the reality of the cure Mark adds: "and she served them." Many cures and healings by Jesus followed later that evening, including some cases of diabolic possession. As the demons exited from the ones possessed Jesus would not allow them to speak. This was a continuation of Jesus' policy toward demons begun in the first exorcism. The demon had begun to reveal Jesus' identity. Jesus' re- sponse: "Quiet and get out!" Why would Jesus turn down free adver- tising? This is Mark's doing. Mark has a theological plan by which no one, not even the Twelve Apostles, may recognize the divinity of Jesus until after Jesus' death. The demons know, but no human being knows. Only after Jesus' death is there a human profession of thith in Jesus' divinity. A Roman officer, who in Mark's mind represents the whole Roman empire, says: "Indeed this man was Son of God." The other gospels disagree with Mark on the point of recognition of Jesus' divinity during his lifetime. Mark may be expressing the facts of the matter or it may be his way of expressing that Jesus was not accepted by his own race or people but accepted by others. To get back to the story, Jesus' activity seems to have been so stressful that he needs some rest. He leaves early in the morning for the wilderness and a place to pray. It is an opportunity for Simon IPeter) to make his first impulsive goof. He wants to capitalize on the boss's fame. Peter and some others search for Jesus, find him, and report that everyone is looking for him. Jesus does not yield to the temptation to glory, power, fame, but says: "Let's move on to another town to preach. That is why I have been sent." The interpreter of the gospels is expected to give some spin to what has been read, some application to the lives of the hearers. One point might be Peter's mother-in-law. Obviously Peter was married for this is the only way to acquire a mother-in-law. In a letter to the Corinthians Paul writes of Peter being accompanied by his wife in preaching jour- neys. Paul insists that he and Barnabas have the right to do the same.In later stories of martyrdom we read of married priests accompanied by their own families, as a family professing their faith before persecutors. What does all this have to say about our Church's policy of mandatory celibacy, a policy that brings so much suffering to our Church? Another point in today's gospel might be taken from Jesus' withdrawal into a "lonely place" to pray. We may see in this withdrawal the importance of being alone at times to engage in private prayer. The Sermon on the Mount urges us to "go to your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you." A third point is the compassion of Jesus, his in- terest in the sick and the handicapped. We may not be able to cure and heal as Jesus did, but a visit and kind words may often bring a hurting person fYom hatred to forgiveness, from doubt to faith, from de- spair to hope, from sadness to joy. Other readings: Job 7:14, 6-7; I Cor 9:16-19, 22.23 local pro-life organizations I I MILLER & MILLER III IIII II I II "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 I . IIII , II iii q II I II II I Hi-Tech Sheet Metal Inc. Residential, Industrial 8.: Commercial tieating & Cooling Installation Sales & Service 422-9242 Operated by Michael and Patricia Koch 15 S. Third Avtmue, Evansville II I II I I addresses, phone num- dates, offices, direc- Schools, institutions, financial statistics, 7ts  they are all Yearbook of the Catholic of EVans ville. raY PUrchase your cop at Olic C,,-- Y =,rer for $7.50. For nClude $1.50 for an(/handling. OF %'.[ C00TJ'J-J 00JC " : :, r   rg_ DJOCcc,00:c C yea.,,, ORDERFORM ! I -I I I I STATE ziP I I to: J COSTPER YEARBOOK S9.00'" ] YEARBOOK I NO. OFBOOKS X. I I TOTAL $ ENCLOSED I i 169 I (includes postage & handling)  II SEEKING ORGANIST/MUSIC DIRECTOR for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Daylight. Interested parties should contact or write: Bob Vollmer, St. John the Evangelist Church, 5301 Daylight Drive, Evansville, IN 47711 POSITION AVAILABLE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL A principal is sought for a small rural inter-parochial school in western Kentucky, the only Catholic School in Union County, Ken- tucky. The enrollment is 215 in grades K-8. This position is avail- able at the beginning of the 1994-95 academic school year. REQUIREMENTS: Energetic, visionary, expe:ienced admini- strator totally dedicated to Catholic education and willing to con- sider a long-term tenure that allows for expansion and groh of the school, The applicant must be a practicing Catholic and be certifi- able as a principal in Kentucky. We hope to fill this position by April 1, 1994. Applications and resumes are to be sent to: Search Committee St. Anne Church 304 South Church Street Morganfield, Kentucky 42437 For further information call: Rev. Severin Messick, O.S.B., or Sr. Beatrice Koerper, O.SF. at (502) 389-2287.