Clericalism, A Divisive Tool in the Church

SATURDAY: Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Hab.1:12-2:4/Ps.9:8-13/Matt.17:14-20


Clericalism, A Divisive Tool in the Church


Clericalism can easily lead to a type of showmanship void of spiritual substance and a depleted faith. As stewards of Christ, we do not depend on our intellectual prowess and physical abilities to wage war against demonic fortresses, demolish sophistries, and the arrogance that tries to resist the knowledge of God (2 Cor.4).


Spiritual warfare is not a single man or woman's enterprise. Those who perform this ministry must recognise themselves as extensions of Christ. They must carry the buckle of truth round their waist. Integrity must be their breastplate and be envoys of peace. Without faith as their shield, they will be unable to protect themselves against the fiery darts of the evil one. Every exorcist must depend on God as his helmet of faith and salvation to overcome the forces of evil (Eph.6:11-13).


The inability of the Disciples of Jesus to exorcise the possessed man in today's gospel is a lesson the Church in the world at present must never forget. Clericalism erodes faith. While it boosts our ego, it deflates the soul and weakens faith. Most of all arrogance depletes us of God's grace and inhibits us from fulfilling our Christian mission to rescue the souls of men and women from the kingdom of darkness, sin and death. My friends let us not exhaust the patience of God.


Lord, I am only an instrument in your hands. Keep my eyes fixed on you. Be my guide.

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