Seeing Evil in Good

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

If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.
(Luke 11:18)

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

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 evil spirit comes out of a person, it goes through dry lands 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 pharisees attributed the Lord’s power to drive out demons from Beelzebul, the prince of darkness. But by their very words, the pharisees revealed their true nature. They would rather 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” because they rejected the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior.

Rather than being cynical and suspicious, we must learn to open our minds and hearts to the good that is happening around us, or what we see others are doing. A discerning mind trusts, and a compassionate heart believes, even when the ways are mysterious, and not familiar to our own.

Sometimes, a traumatic experience has to happen before a cynical heart begins to undergo a transformation. A guest speaker in our breakfast meeting, who was once an atheist, shared how he started his own “road to Damascus”. He experienced a dramatic change of heart when an office mate prayed over him when he was stricken with pneumonia, and he was healed completely after a few days. God’s healing power not only healed him of his illness, but expelled the spirit of unbelief from his heart.

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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