Posted by: livingscripture | October 9, 2015

27th Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“If I cast out the devil by God’s hand, the Kingdom of God has come among you.”     

(Luke 11: 20)

How should we live this Wordcasting out demon 1

 This Word is inserted in the diatribe aroused by Jesus’ usual opponents.  Jesus has just cured a mute man and is forced to defend Himself from a very serious accusation: that of casting out devils with the help of Satan himself who here is called Beelzebub.  Jesus remains serene.  He who is the Truth personified, draws light upon the Truth that is being called into question by the disciples of those who also presume to cast out devils, but in the name of Beelzebub, the personification of evil.

Clearly, Jesus is on the opposite shore of their argument and He is fully aware of this, so much so as to affirm that these disciples will become the accusers and judges of their own evil masters.  It is an enormous disaster!

In contrast, we see the radiance of Jesus’ words and actions that needs no strength to cast out the devil, but He simply invokes ‘the hand of God’, the intervention of the One who is our Father.  It is precisely this closeness, this affection of the Father that makes us aware of His tender and omnipotent help.  It also guarantees that those who live in Jesus, according to His way of evaluating and acting, the Kingdom of God with its peace is already there, communicated in the heart, in the family, and around us.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will stand with Jesus, invoking His assistance in overcoming the evil that threatens me in my daily life.

Thank You, Jesus!  In times like ours, marked by so much confusion and incredulity, although we believe that the evil one is active in the world, we entrust ourselves to Your omnipotence that can free us and save us from evil by God’s hand.

 The Voice of the Pastor of Erma

 The Lord dwells in serenity and patience.  Anger, instead, is the dwelling of the devil.

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