Posted by: livingscripture | October 9, 2009

Twenty Seventh Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.  (Luke 11: 20)      

 How should we live this Word

 Notwithstanding the signs that He performs, Jesus’ enemies are continually hostile to Him.  When He performs the undeniable miracle of freeing the possessed man, some accuse Him of being in alliance with Satan and therefore, that He too is possessed.  Jesus responds with a very logical answer.  If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?

 He then goes on to indicate the source of His power to subject the evil spirits.  It is with ‘the finger of God’ that Hecasting out demon 1 casts out the demons.  The phrase, ‘finger of God’ stands for God’s power and therefore alludes to the beneficial force that created the universe and formed human beings with attentive care.  With its splendid imagery, the Book of Genesis shows God intent on shaping His privileged creatures with His own ‘fingers’.  Jeremiah introduces the image of the potter and directs our gaze to the agile fingers of the artisan who bakes, eliminates, re-shapes until the work is perfect.

 This is the same ‘finger’ that actively re-creates human beings and restores them to their primitive beauty which evil had obscured.  Thus, the expression “If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you,” summarizes Jesus’ work of redemption.  He is the powerful one who subjects Satan with ‘the finger of God’, rescuing his prey.  Restored to their liberty and dignity as God’s children, humans have access to God’s Kingdom once again.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize the divine Potter who formed me with loving care and restores me to myself with great tenderness.  I will thank Him by praying:

 Good Father, Your hands made and shaped me with infinite tenderness.  Jesus redeemed me and opened the doors of Heaven to me once again.  The Holy Spirit sustains me so that I may not become enslaved once more.  For this I praise You and I bless You Holy Trinity!

 The voice of St. Louis Orione, Founder

 Let us exult and be comforted in the Lord!  The effusion of God’s heart is not lost due to the evils of the earth.  He, the Lord, will win!


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