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OCTOBER 8. Ord Time B. Wk 27 Fri. Lk 11. 15-26

When Jesus had cast out a devil, some of the people said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he casts out devils.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a household divided against itself collapses. So too with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? – since you assert that it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils, through whom do your own experts cast them out? Let them be your judges then. But if it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you. So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own palace, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he is attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.


‘He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.


‘When an unclean spirit goes out of a man it wanders through waterless country looking for a place to rest, and not finding one it says, “I will go back to the home I came from.” But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and set up house there, so that the man ends up by being worse than he was before.’


Unfortunately, this reading omits the beginning of this incident, in that Jesus had just cast out a demon who was a mute, and when he suddenly spoke “the people were amazed!”


One can only wonder at times about the way many people think. We are told some of them believed “It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he casts out devils!” Surely such people were in the minority? They had just had a miracle performed in front of them, and some were “amazed”; - while others were trying to blame Satan?


A major reason Jesus performed miracles while he was among us was to provide evidence he was The Son of God; - with the ultimate miracle being his rising from the dead; - but many did not want to believe, and they went to extraordinary lengths to deny what they were seeing with their own eyes?


And do not many still do this today, in the twenty-first century; - not wanting to acknowledge Jesus Christ’s divinity? And the reason they do this, both in Jesus’ time and today, is because of the implications were they to acknowledge his divinity!


They would have to change their ways and repent; - something many human beings do not want to do; - and so they refuse to believe the teachings of the Son of God; - even though, again and again, he performed miracle after miracle?


Jesus gave a pointed response to their refusal to believe when he said; - “If it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you,” after which his critics would have to decide; - to believe, or not to believe!


The lesson of the “unclean spirit wandering through waterless county looking for a place to rest” highlights the simple truth Satan, who he had just cast out of the man, is relentless in his efforts, and even those who believe must “stay awake” to ensure he does not return!

Gospel Acclamation Jn12:31-32


Alleluia, alleluia!

The prince of this world will now be cast out,

and when I am lifted up from the earth

I will draw all to myself, says the Lord.

Alleluia!


First reading Joel 1:13-15,2:1-2 · Let all tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming


Priests, put on sackcloth and lament.

Ministers of the altar, wail.

Come, pass the night in sackcloth,

you ministers of my God.

For the house of our God has been deprived

of oblation and libation.

Order a fast,

proclaim a solemn assembly;

elders, call together

all the inhabitants of the country

to the house of the Lord your God.

Cry out to the Lord,

‘Oh, what a day!

For the day of the Lord is near,

it comes as a devastation from Shaddai.’


Sound the trumpet in Zion,

give the alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all the inhabitants of the country tremble,

for the day of the Lord is coming,

yes, it is near.


Day of darkness and gloom,

day of cloud and blackness.

Like the dawn there spreads across the mountains

a vast and mighty host,

such as has never been before,

such as will never be again

to the remotest ages.







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