The Multiplication of His Kingdom

Luke 11: 14-23
Jer 7: 23-28/ Ps 95: 1-2. 6-7. 8-9

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
(Luke 11:23)

Our God Almighty does not reign
Over a divided kingdom;
All divisions in His domain
His Word and love shall overcome.

Jesus was casting out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test Him, kept seeking from Him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:14-23)

Reflection

Jesus was not merely refuting the misguided argument of the Jews at that time that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan. (Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.) It is not far-fetched to suppose that being omniscient, our Lord could also be referring to His own kingdom here on earth, His Church, which would undergo its own division into so many denominations. This division has been the handiwork of the prince of lies. But instead of being laid waste by differences of doctrines and teachings, the kingdom of God on earth has instead become stronger in spreading the Good News. It has multiplied because of its own division.

Yes, we have our differences, but aren’t we all subjects of the same King? Are we not all called by the same Spirit to proclaim His Word, and confess the same faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ? Whether we are Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Evangelicals, or any other Protestant denomination, we are all members of the same Mystical Body of Christ. All of us are treading the same path that our Lord, the Way, the Truth and the Life has shown us to reach our Father in heaven. Jesus has established His kingdom in our hearts, and as God’s children, we must break the barriers of separation that divide us, to prove that the Kingdom of God was never divided. This delusion is one major evil that we must cast out of Christ’s Household.

There are other evils. Let us not be deceived that the Church is impregnable to the incursions of the Satanic forces. Many have left God’s House because of immoralities, pride and intrigues, without realizing that these are the handiworks of the evil one. This is just as evident in our renewal communities, where conflicts of opinions or vested interests arise in many occasions. How do we cast out these evil influences that often catch us off-guard? Fortunately, our Lord Jesus has shown us many ways of countering evil with good. Prayer is one, especially community prayer. When we pray together, we cannot help but be at peace with one another. Prudence, humility and right attitude are other tools that we can employ. Finally, submission to authority must prevail. Jesus has always emphasized obedience.

Father, Your Son, Jesus our King has established in our hearts His kingdom, making us a “royal priesthood” of believers. Grant us the grace to overcome our differences, so that united as one people, Your Kingdom may finally be united here on earth. Amen.

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