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Luke 11:15-26

The Word of God

When Jesus had cast out a devil, some of the people said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he casts out devils.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a household divided against itself collapses. So too with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? – since you assert that it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils, through whom do your own experts cast them out? Let them be your judges then. But if it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you. So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own palace, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he is attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.
‘He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.
‘When an unclean spirit goes out of a man it wanders through waterless country looking for a place to rest, and not finding one it says, “I will go back to the home I came from.” But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and set up house there, so that the man ends up by being worse than he was before.’

Luke 11:15-26
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    • Jesus was one with the Father and proclaimed this many times (See John 17:11,20 & 23). Jesus’ will was united with that of the Father. We live in a world with many divided kingdoms of human origin that struggle for control. Lord, may your kingdom prevail to unify your scattered people and bring them to the peace you desire for them, with a clear vision of what you offer.
    • Many failed to understand Jesus who was the sign from heaven. Other signs were not needed. His vision was different in that he offered freedom and new life. Jesus is greater than the forces of evil. We pray that we may rely on him amid the many challenges we encounter in life, especially in our relationships with those who do not understand Jesus and who fail to accept him.
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    • Preaching on this reading, Pope Francis warned: ““Jesus came to destroy the devil, to give us the freedom from the enslavement the devil has over us. And this is not exaggerating. On this point, there are no nuances. There is a battle where salvation is at play, eternal salvation of us all. We must always be on guard, on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”
    • Pope Francis called on the faithful to reflect on whether they guard their hearts, feelings, graces and presence of the Holy Spirit or “do I let go, feeling secure, believing that all is going well? If you do not guard yourself, he who is stronger than you will come.”
    • “Three criteria!” said the Pope. “Do not confuse the truth. Jesus fights the devil: first criterion. Second criterion: he who is not with Jesus is against Jesus. There are no attitudes in the middle. Third criterion: vigilance over our hearts because the devil is astute. He is never cast out forever. It will only be so on the last day.”
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    • How could anyone say that Jesus was casting out demons through the power of the prince of demons? The hardness of heart, so evident all around us, and within us, remains a great mystery: how can we resist the truth, goodness, justice, finding empty excuses to justify our hardness of heart? How can so much human suffering, so much ecological degradation leave us unmoved? I ask the Lord for an open heart, and for light to see the hardness in me.
    • Jesus gives us a clear warning: an empty heart is there for the taking. You cannot live a meaningful life if you never choose, never opt for what you believe in.