27 Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 11: 15-26
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. “When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”
THE KINGDOM IS OF GOD UNDIVIDED: From the Gospel, Jesus drives out demons by the power of God. However, some of those who witnessed this claim that He was using the power of Beelzebul. They demanded Jesus to give them a sign from heaven. Jesus dares those who alleged him of such association and lays the stupidity of such an argument. This shows that those people believed in the power of evil. The same way in life, some think they can achieve their dreams by working with the evil. Jesus commands us not to associate with the evil and further warns us never to give satan space in our lives because the evil wonders around looking for a vacuum. Also. those who are delivered, are to take care to avoid repossession. Let us always believe in the power of God throughout our lives.
PRAYER: God who guides the lives and destiny of your people, help them to commit totally to you.
GOD SURPRISES US: Jesus’ contemporaries were amazed. They wondered how it was possible that he performed such miracles and signs and, at the same time, he violated the institution of the Sabbath. I is not possible for a man sent by God to act against God’s own commandments. Therefore, they concluded that Jesus was using the power of Beelzebul. However, God surprises us and reaches us in ways we do not expect. We fail to judge correctly the way God operates in order to care for the humanity that struggles for peace. That is why the cross is incomprehensible for the Jews and even for us. Since his love does not know limits, He will not limit himself to offer himself in love.