Tuesday 15 January 2019

b_300_300_16777215_00_images_stories_Igaz_Tarsadalom_Pdiumbeszlgets-50.JPGFather Csaba’s reflection on the gospel ….Tuesday 15 January 2019
" But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. “Mark 1,21 
Often I am amazed how naively, without any fear are we going around in this world ! Talking with young people , even with ones growing up in our homes as well I dismayed , that they finish with school and destination the big wide world ! I ask them : where are you going ? Do you speak the language ? Is anybody waiting for you there ? If anything happens to you , who is going to hold your hand ? They look at me and I can see they are unaware how much evil is there in the big world ! Why don’t we tell , show the generation growing up that this world is the scene of a “battle field “ ! Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians openly tells his friends that" work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” It is our duty too to warn , protect our children , each other lovingly from all evil , because as the other great apostle is also saying "Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.…”St Peter 1st  letter 5,7
This Sunday we were at the prison with the children from Déva in Balassagyarmat, during the sacrifice of the mass the children sang taking turns with the inmates in the chapel behind the walls! Yes the children also have to know that in Hungary this Christmas the angel visited close to twenty thousand prisoners in prison, penitentiary in an infinitely dreary, dismal cell, only a few square meters in area closed by iron bars ! How many broken dreams , suffering , sadness is there in every square meter ! Unfortunately new prisons are built in Transylvania as well , but everywhere in the world ! And children’s homes, hospitals are being built for those attempting suicide ! Not long ago I was at the Police Academy to give a told and they told me they cannot keep up with the training of enough security forces , because the need is much greater than the new arrivals ! But unfortunately the courts are not sending away neither the public prosecutors , nor the lawyers , neither the judges on the dole .
Yesterday I visited such an institution , where such people are placed who are brave enough already to ask for help in their battles against alcohol, drugs ! Grown up , respected people who crying , praying over periods of weeks are trying to get back on their feet , because somewhere , sometime along the line they were not careful enough and got onto thin ice ! 
During the holy time of Christmas several mothers , in trouble rang me up , one because her husband beat her and their three nice children, another one who is afraid of her husband at night because he is threatening to kill her !
Should I continue ? We took in and 18 year old expectant mother who is due in two months, and the child’s father last month hung himself ! I was looking at this dear, young expectant mother , who with red eyes , dressed in black stood in front of me , I just embraced her I had no words ! 
My dear brethren, lets take seriously the dangers ahead , huddled together , holding onto each other’s hands lets look after ourselves and our beloved children , so that her in this world but also up in heaven we can rejoice in each other in peace and love !
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : the incarcerated , for a period from 20-30 years, during the holy mass . 
The Word of God
When the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching - with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28