FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Thursday of Lent, March 28, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He was driving out a demon [that was] mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebub that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that [I] drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Luke 11 : 14-20)
How shall I live this Word?
Division is the beginning of the end, both good and bad. It leads to devastation, to ‘desertification’. Where we have ‘division’ there is present Satan, the divider par excellence, the father of lies. There life dies; instead, we find violence, we don’t respect the truth, we don’t have freedom, we generate ‘confusion’. Jesus’ mission was to overcome the Spirit of evil to free humanity from slavery and give them back the Spirit of the Son.
Lord, do not abandon us in temptation.
THE VOICE OF Pope Francis – Morning Meditation, St. Martha Church October 11, 2013
Please do not do business with the devil and take seriously the dangers that arise from his presence in the world […] These are the criteria for responding to the challenges posed by the presence of the devil in the world: the certainty that “Jesus fights against the devil “; “He who is not with Jesus is against Jesus”; and “vigilance”. Let us keep in mind that the devil is astute: he is never chased away forever, this will happen only on the last day. His strategy is this: you became a Christian, you move forward in your faith, and I leave you, I leave you alone. But then, when you are used to it and you are not very alert and you feel safe, I come back. Today’s Gospel begins with the devil cast out and ends with the devil who returns. Saint Peter said it: he is like a ferocious lion that circles around us”. And these are not lies: “it is the Word of the Lord”.
“We ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He conquered the devil.
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Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA