Lent Wk 3rd: Thursday,  Thursday, 8th March,2018  (Lk 11:14-20,23)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Divided Living: In today’s Gospel, Jesus drove out a devil from a dumb man, but was condemned for using the power of Beelzebul to do so.  Are our minds and hearts divided in our thinking and desires of God’s Love for us?  Do we love our Church, family and people with a divided sincerity due to our pride, insecurities or anger?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus was driving out a devil and it was dumb; and it happened that when the devil had gone out the dumb man spoke, and the people were amazed. But some of them said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he drives devils out.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, 

‘Any kingdom which is divided against itself is heading for ruin, and house collapses against house. So, too, with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom last? - since you claim that it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I drive devils out, through whom do your own sons drive them out? They shall be your judges, then. But if it is through the finger of God that I drive devils out, then the kingdom of God has indeed caught you unawares.

‘Anyone who is not with me is against me; and anyone who does not gather in with me throws away.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •In today’s Gospel, Jesus exposes that the evil one is constantly present in our daily living and is always opposing with the good spirits of God in all situations of our lives.

  • •The evil spirits are the enemies of our faith in God. They also try to sow confusion in the minds and hearts of people by trying to twist the good deeds into evil actions.  Moreover, they are a source of division in our Christian communities. 

  • •We need to live a more discerning life regardless of our weaknesses and sinfulness. A fervent, faithful and meaningful prayer life and our constant efforts to live in God’s ways will help us to be more discerning persons.