Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2, Psalm 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9, & Luke 11:15-26
What are the obstacles we must overcome to experience the fullness of God's Kingdom in our world? Frequently, it may be summarized as "the world, the flesh, and the devil." The world represents external cultural attitudes against living for God and others, which include secularism, individualism, and materialism. The flesh stands for internal personal dividedness inhibiting our free response to the Spirit, such as the capital sins of pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. Finally, the devil is, well, the devil—or, satan. A formidable triad!
Today's Gospel narrative focuses on the third member of the triad, satan. Jesus confirms the existence of unusual forces, the devil, which works against God's Kingdom. We are aware that the Gospels spend considerable time showing us that Jesus' power as God's Messiah is not limited or threatened by the power of satan. Regardless of the debates concerning the existence or non-existence of demons, the Gospels assure us Jesus' power is always superior to the power of the devil.
Friends, we have been saved from the domination of evil, regardless of the source, by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, we must take great comfort knowing that the presence of Christ in us is more potent than any power of evil that may attack us. Now, that is Good News!
Question of the Day: How will you allow the power of Jesus to defeat any demon you may face throughout your earthly journey?
Prayer: "The prince of this world will now be cast out, and when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to myself, says the Lord. Amen."