MY daily reflection and prayer: Friday, October 10, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 11:15-26.
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebub, 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 Beelzebub that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebub, 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
There are so many themes we can reflect from the Gospel today. But let’s ponder Jesus’ power to free us from the greatest danger of all namely the corrupting force of evil which destroys us from within. He liberates us from the power of evil that makes us slaves to sin. He declares that He has come to overthrow the power of Satan and his kingdom.
In the Bible, we read that Jesus exorcises evil spirits in so many times. It brings freedom to many who are troubled and oppressed by the work of them. Just before His public ministry, He himself personally overcomes the Satan when He is put to the test in the wilderness.
What does it mean for us today? We can see it clearly. Jesus asserts His power and authority to cast out demons as a clear demonstration of the reign of God. He says, “But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.”
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus as the finger of God. He is the sign that God’s kingdom has come upon us. By worshipping Him we fill our hearts with God who is the source of all that is good, wholesome, true, and life-giving for us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You want to fill our hearts and minds with the power of Your life-giving word and healing love. You assure us of Your protection from spiritual harm and give us the help and strength we need to resist the devil and his power. Help us to trust our lives in Your power and love only, that You may be the ruler of our heart and the Master of our lives, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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