Often the media tells us what we need to do to be happy. What to do in life to be very successful and nice. We look at the young and beautiful people who are trying to advertise and convince us we are missing out on the fullness of life by not being like them. Because, when we follow their examples we will certainly succeed in life, become famous and we will be devoid of many problems.
We have no doubt that these proposals are to manipulate and control man. Unfortunately, many believe this to be reasonable and have a selfish look at the world.
Christ proposes a completely different set of values, and justifies them differently.
In today's Gospel we hear: "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?"
We have to look closer at these sentences today, especially, when faith does not affect the lives of many people. When many think that Jesus restricts human freedom by imposing a lot of obligations and restrictions. When many think by Jesus wanting our conversion, He wants to rid us of all joys of life and to meet Him in sadness at the end. When many think today, that God lost interest in man long ago. When many people started negotiations with evil by searching for an excuse for their unbelief. When many people are convinced that in this day and age, it is not possible to tell 100% that God and holiness are the domain of the Old Testament.
"What have you to do with us Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?"
No. We know that. Jesus does not want to destroy us but to prove that the road to holiness is possible for all of us.
He wants to show us that we can never have a dialogue even now, with evil, because we will always lose. Dialogue with evil will always arouse a lot of doubts in us about God's presence in our lives.
And we should pose questions and seek God everyday so that we will never doubt Him.