One Kingdom Under One God

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)

United we stand, in Truth made whole,
Divided who follow the prince of lies;
Let Jesus Who freed us be our goal,
To gather together in Paradise.

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute 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 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.” (Luke 11:14-23)

Reflection

In their stubborn pride to reject the works of Jesus outright as coming from the prince of demons, the scribeswho came to investigate HIM (Mrk 3:22) were in fact speaking in Satan’s behalf because of their blasphemy (“By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons”). Jesus told them: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” He came into the world to gather His people, but His enemies (the Pharisees, scribes, and the minions of Satan) only scattered the people of God with their lies and prejudices.

Jesus refuted the misguided argument of the scribes that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan by the simple logic that “any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined. However, being omniscient, our Lord also knew that His own kingdom here on earth, His Church, would undergo its own division into so many denominations. This division has been the handiwork of the Prince of Lies, who would be “taking it by force” (Mt.11:12). But instead of being “being ruined” by differences of doctrines and teachings, the kingdom of God on earth has instead become more widespread in proclaiming 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. The important thing is that we are all “gathered as one” on the side of Jesus. He 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 of Christ’s Household.

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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