One Kingdom Under One God

Luke 11:14-23
Jer 7:23-28 / Psa 95

He who is not with me is against me, and he who 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 driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon had left, the mute person spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 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 one stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor on which he relied, and distributes the spoils. He who is not with me is against me, and he who 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.) 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, 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 Beelzebul’s handiwork that every believer must cast out of Christ’s Household.

Prayer is the common thread that binds all of us, and makes us pleasing to the Lord especially when we pray as one. My brother-in-law had already been admitted to his third hospital, and ten days in the intensive care unit until his doctors prescribed that he must have a triple bypass operation. My sister was almost out of her wits when we told her to be strong, and just believe in the power of prayers. Thank God for text messaging, many brothers and sisters in our Brotherhood joined us in prayer, as we asked for God’s miracle for Bayani, who was already on the verge of death. The operation performed by a team of doctors the other day was a complete success. Our family is very grateful for all those who prayed for him. To God be the glory!

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 as You have united us in prayer. May Your Kingdom be realized on earth. Amen.

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