One Kingdom Under One God

Luke 11: 15-26
Jl 1:13-15;2:1-2 / Psa 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 had driven out an evil spirit). But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11: 15-26)

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.) It would not be far-fetched to suppose that being omniscient, our Lord was also 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 are not 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, Episcopaleans, 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 the evil spirit that we must cast out by receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist of the Mass as often as we can (daily, if possible), we are assured that no evil spirit or its influence can ever enter the “household” of our soul. “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. He will put you in His angels’ charge, to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:9-11).

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 realized on earth. Amen.

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