Seeing Evil in Good Deeds

Luke 11: 15-26
Gal 3:7-14 / Psa 111

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


The evil Jesus exorcized
Are spirits we must recognize;
They are scattered by scheming lies
Who don’t gather with Jesus Christ.

(After Jesus had driven out a demon) some in the crowd 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

The devil was clearly at work in the minds of the cynics who attributed the Lord’s power to drive out demons from the prince of darkness. But “If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand?” By their very words, the blasphemers showed that they would rather be blind than choose to see the truth. They chose to be in the dark than accept the power of Jesus as divine. They schemed and spread their lies that up to the present time have only served to scatter the Jews as a nation. Their lies have put a perpetual curse of conflicts and wars on the land of the “Chosen People” who had rejected the Messiah, Jesus Christ, our Risen Savior.

The condition of Israel today is worse than the time when our Lord said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Lk.11:23). As Jesus had prophesied, history has shown that the Jews came to be known as the “scattered people”. Seven more spirits more wicked than the first have moved in and dwelled there, because the Jews chose to believe the lies of their spiritual leaders, rather than believe in the Good News of salvation that God had brought when He became man. But Jesus had proven that He was the stronger man who had taken away the armor of Satan and freed humanity from the shackles of sin through His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. By His example and sacrifice we have become united in our faith, as we have witnessed in all our prayer meetings, teaching nights and breakfast fellowships, where we praise God as one flock.

In today’s Gospel, our Lord teaches us that rather than being cynical and suspicious, we must learn to open our minds and hearts that the good things that are happening in our community, as well as the bad are all parts of God’s plan. A discerning mind and faithful heart believes that even if the ways of God are mysterious, and at times hard to accept, they are trustworthy, and are motivated by His great love for us.

Let me praise You, Lord, with all my being; it is only proper that we declare all Your wondrous deeds. I take delight and rejoice in Your goodness, Lord; come, let us sing hymns to the holy Name of our God!” (Psalm 9:2-3.)

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