Twenty Second Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 4: 31-37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “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!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
CALLED FOR SALVATION: Sometimes people come causing fear to Christians about the last day and saying things that make people feel like they will be caught unawares. But Paul makes it clear that we are not called for wrath but salvation and therefore we should not fear. However, there are those who are in the church like the man who was in the synagogue but are still bound by demons. In the salvation that we have received, is the freedom from all the works of the devil. We need to recognize amongst us those who are teaching false things to cause fear and also those who are under the influence of demons. In this way, we shall be able to encourage and build each other as we wait for his coming.
Prayer: Lord, deliver us from the spirit of jealousy, gossip, egoistic attitude, lust that we may always follow and serve you with pure hearts.
DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL: It is common to find in the churches of East Africa that people are delivered from evil spirits through prayers. It is interesting to note that a man with unclean demon in the synagogue. The evil spirit recognized who Jesus was, and said “I know who you are- the Holy One of God”. The Evil spirit begins to tremble before Jesus. In our lives too as humans we need to recognize Jesus and His power especially when we are tempted by spirit of tribalism, spirit of corruption, and spirit of lust and mediocre in faith. We need therefore to surrender to Him who will deliver us from the ‘spirits’ of this digital and secular world. It is Jesus who helps us to be quiet in times of troubles, difficulties, anxieties, because he loves his children. Let us also try to take steps to cast away all ‘evils’ in our society.