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Luke 11:14-23

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Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons." Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:14-23
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    • Different battles take place inside us all: the kingdom of the heart can be divided into the good we want to do, and the not-so-good or evil that gets into us also. Prayer is our time of nourishing the good in us, so that goodness wins over evil.
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    • Whom do I identify with in the crowd which witnesses Jesus’ miracle? With those who watch in amazed belief? With those who reject him? Or with those who hedge their bets, looking for further signs? Jesus forces us off the middle ground. We cannot be neutral: we are either with him or against him.
    • Am I divided against myself – sometimes listening to Jesus, and sometimes listening to Satan? Have I a discerning heart?
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    • Jesus’ mission is to overcome evil in all its forms. This is an extraordinary task: it will cost him his life, but we believe that he will succeed. The darkness cannot overcome the light (Saint John 1:5). I thank God for this. It gives me hope to work for our world.
    • Satan means ‘adversary’ and refers to all that stands against the goodness of God. I may live under a corrupt government, where bad legislation oppresses the innocent, and unfair taxes enrich the powerful. Single-handed I cannot change an institution but I may be called by God to protest against wrong-doing. I can also pray! And I can get the Sacred Space community to pray with me, through the Chapel of Intentions.
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    • Lord, let me not be one of the passive ones, who contribute to the triumph of evil by staying on the fence. If I am not on the way, I am in the way.
    • Talk about devils is difficult to bring to prayer. The times of Jesus pitted good against evil in very personalised and dramatic ways. It may not be helpful now to delve too much into what Beelzebul or Satan may mean. But the confrontation of good and evil, and sometimes very strong evil, is still prevalent. Each moment of prayer brings a person in touch with goodness; with the goodness of God created in the heart of every man and woman
    • The people who criticise Jesus focused on the demons not on the one who sought to banish them. Sometimes I become preoccupied by negative details, by failures and disappointments. I ask Jesus to help me during this Lent to realise that he calls me away from any ill that holds me back.
    • As I realise how I need to reform my life during lent, I remember not to depend on my own efforts but learn to rely on Jesus who gathers me together.
    • Even the best of actions are open to misjudgement. I pray that I may seek out the best interpretation of the events around me and ask for the inspiration of God's spirit as I do.
    • I ask God to continue to bless me and to lead me into the wisdom that Jesus had. I pray in respect for all who teach the faith that has come to us from the apostles.
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    • Lord, let me not be one of the passive ones, who contribute to the triumph of evil by staying on the fence. If I am not on the way, I am in the way.
    • Talk about devils is difficult to bring to prayer. The times of Jesus pitted good against evil in very personalised and dramatic ways. It may not be helpful now to delve too much into what Beelzebul or Satan may mean. But the confrontation of good and evil, and sometimes very strong evil, is still prevalent. Each moment of prayer brings a person in touch with goodness; with the goodness of God created in the heart of every man and woman
    • The people who criticise Jesus focused on the demons not on the one who sought to banish them. Sometimes I become preoccupied by negative details, by failures and disappointments. I ask Jesus to help me during this Lent to realise that he calls me away from any ill that holds me back.
    • As I realise how I need to reform my life during lent, I remember not to depend on my own efforts but learn to rely on Jesus who gathers me together.
    • Even the best of actions are open to misjudgement. I pray that I may seek out the best interpretation of the events around me and ask for the inspiration of God's spirit as I do.
    • I ask God to continue to bless me and to lead me into the wisdom that Jesus had. I pray in respect for all who teach the faith that has come to us from the apostles.
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    • Lord, let me not be one of the passive ones, who contribute to the triumph of evil by staying on the fence. If I am not on the way, I am in the way.
    • Talk about devils is difficult to bring to prayer. The times of Jesus pitted good against evil in very personalised and dramatic ways. It may not be helpful now to delve too much into what Beelzebul or Satan may mean. But the confrontation of good and evil, and sometimes very strong evil, is still prevalent. Each moment of prayer brings a person in touch with goodness; with the goodness of God created in the heart of every man and woman
    • The people who criticise Jesus focused on the demons not on the one who sought to banish them. Sometimes I become preoccupied by negative details, by failures and disappointments. I ask Jesus to help me during this Lent to realise that he calls me away from any ill that holds me back.
    • As I realise how I need to reform my life during lent, I remember not to depend on my own efforts but learn to rely on Jesus who gathers me together.
    • Even the best of actions are open to misjudgement. I pray that I may seek out the best interpretation of the events around me and ask for the inspiration of God's spirit as I do.
    • I ask God to continue to bless me and to lead me into the wisdom that Jesus had. I pray in respect for all who teach the faith that has come to us from the apostles.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, let me not be one of the passive ones, who contribute to the triumph of evil by staying on the fence. If I am not on the way, I am in the way.
    • Talk about devils is difficult to bring to prayer. The times of Jesus pitted good against evil in very personalised and dramatic ways. It may not be helpful now to delve too much into what Beelzebul or Satan may mean. But the confrontation of good and evil, and sometimes very strong evil, is still prevalent. Each moment of prayer brings a person in touch with goodness; with the goodness of God created in the heart of every man and woman
    • The people who criticise Jesus focused on the demons not on the one who sought to banish them. Sometimes I become preoccupied by negative details, by failures and disappointments. I ask Jesus to help me during this Lent to realise that he calls me away from any ill that holds me back.
    • As I realise how I need to reform my life during lent, I remember not to depend on my own efforts but learn to rely on Jesus who gathers me together.
    • Even the best of actions are open to misjudgement. I pray that I may seek out the best interpretation of the events around me and ask for the inspiration of God's spirit as I do.
    • I ask God to continue to bless me and to lead me into the wisdom that Jesus had. I pray in respect for all who teach the faith that has come to us from the apostles.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, let me not be one of the passive ones, who contribute to the triumph of evil by staying on the fence. If I am not on the way, I am in the way.
    • Talk about devils is difficult to bring to prayer. The times of Jesus pitted good against evil in very personalised and dramatic ways. It may not be helpful now to delve too much into what Beelzebul or Satan may mean. But the confrontation of good and evil, and sometimes very strong evil, is still prevalent. Each moment of prayer brings a person in touch with goodness; with the goodness of God created in the heart of every man and woman
    • The people who criticise Jesus focused on the demons not on the one who sought to banish them. Sometimes I become preoccupied by negative details, by failures and disappointments. I ask Jesus to help me during this Lent to realise that he calls me away from any ill that holds me back.
    • As I realise how I need to reform my life during lent, I remember not to depend on my own efforts but learn to rely on Jesus who gathers me together.
    • Even the best of actions are open to misjudgement. I pray that I may seek out the best interpretation of the events around me and ask for the inspiration of God's spirit as I do.
    • I ask God to continue to bless me and to lead me into the wisdom that Jesus had. I pray in respect for all who teach the faith that has come to us from the apostles.