Preaching from an Undivided Heart

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The Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor, based on Mark 3:22-30

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said about Jesus, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

  “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Jean Marie Dwyer OP

Sr. Jean Marie Dwyer, OP is a Dominican nun belonging to the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish, BC. She has been a Dominican for many years and the author of two books: The Sacred Place of Prayer and The Unfolding Journey the God Within: Etty Hillesum and Meister Eckhart. And recently published: The Quest for the Divine: Philosopher, Prophet and Mystic.