The Martyrs of Rome under Nero
"and goodness like an unfailing stream." I would love for one of my children to use that image to describe me as a mom. The first reading from the book of Amos makes it very simple: seek good and not evil. God doesn't want our proclamations, he wants our actions and our heart to always choose good.
One more thing: God has dominion over everything! The psalm reminds us that all we see, feel, and breathe is his. He even has dominion over the demons. What Jesus shows us in the gospel is pure authority. He has authority over every aspect in your life if you will give it to him. Or, will you be full of fear like the people of the village?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, letting go of my demons is scary. If I don't rely on my old ways, how will I act? I give you power and dominion over my life, especially my motherhood. I know that you have the authority to make me new and will help me to seek good and resist evil, in all its forms. In your precious name I pray, Amen. Martyrs of the early church, pray for me.