June 27, 2007

Cleaning Your Room

Ever since I made that post yesterday with the note about cleaning my room, this passage has been in the back of my mind:
When an unclean spirit goes out of a person it roams through arid regions searching for rest, but finds none. Then it says, 'I will return to my home from which I came.' But upon return it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order. Then it goes and brings back with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they move in and dwell there; and the last condition of that person is worse than the first. (Mt 13:43-45)

This bit of teaching has always fascinated me, and I guess I've always given it a psychological interpretation. If we begin (or begin again!) to pursue the interior life seriously, there is often a little euphoria as we try to let go of sins and negative patterns. But if we keep at it, we will soon uncover the more awful demons that we were previously medicating ourselves against.

3 comments:

Ali said...

Just found your blog father and wanted to say hi and thanks for following your vocation! :)

Liam said...

It's like therapy. Once you deal with the superficial neuroses, then you really have to face your demons.

Jeff said...

Yeah, that's sort of like when you paint the walls. Until you do that, you won't realize how dingy the floors are... Same principle, I guess.

On the lighter side, our room is so messy, I don't think demons or even my old fraternity brothers could stand to stay there for very long.