Authority Over Evil Spirits


Mark 1: 21-28
1 Sam 1:19-20 / 1 Sam 2

“Be quiet, and come out of him!” And throwing him into convulsions, the demon cried out with a loud voice, and came out of him.
(Mark 1:25-26)

No evil spirit can withstand
The healing power of God’s Word.
It will not fail, if your command
Is in the Name of Christ our Lord.

Jesus and His disciples went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then, a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus said sternly, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” News about Him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee. (Mark 1:21-28)

Reflection

What was an evil spirit doing in a holy place like the synagogue, on a holy day, the Sabbath, among supposedly holy men like the priests and scribes? And how could that demon dare to come up and expose itself before the Son of God?

It is not uncommon to see demon-possessed persons go inside the church during Sunday masses. My wife and I have witnessed such incidents in two separate occasions. During the consecration in the mass at the San Pedro cathedral, a powerfully built man with a towel wrapped around his waist went up to the altar, shouting obscenities. Two ministers of communion and a male churchgoer calmly took him by the arms and brought him out of the church. At another time in our San Pablo parish, a young woman suddenly went into convulsions, and could not be pacified by her companions. She had to be escorted out of the church.

Devil possession is real. We have also witnessed a number of patients whose illnesses could not be diagnosed, but were completely healed of their strange disease after being prayed over by an exorcist. Evil spirits cannot stand the mere mention of the Name of Jesus Christ. They have already been defeated by our Lord when He redeemed us on the cross in Calvary. But they remain proud in their dominion of the world, and even flaunt their power of possession inside the house of God. Our best protection against the influence of Satan’s minions is to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit, and the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The combined prayers of our charismatic communities for the Holy Spirit to “fill the hearts of His faithful” will empower us with His gifts.

Only those who do not know and have no faith in Jesus Christ have every reason to fear devil possession. Our faith in God and in the power of His Holy Spirit give us the protection we need against the evil spirits that roam the world until today. Let us be guided by the words of St. Peter, who wrote, “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” … “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” (1 Pet.5:8, 2Pet. 3:18).

Come, Holy Spirit, possess our hearts and minds; fill us with Your love, that we may never fall under the influence of the evil one again. Amen.

One Response to “Authority Over Evil Spirits”

  1. Winefredo p, hernaez  on January 27th, 2014

    Gud am, i cant open todays reflevtion, why?