Kingdom divided

Published March 28, 2019, 12:46 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

reflectionstodayJesus’ enemies—the scribes and the Pharisees—do everything to discredit him. They accuse Jesus of accomplishing his signs, like driving out demons, by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons. But Jesus shows how ridiculous it is for a “follower” of Beelzebul to be fighting against the master himself! The works of the devil are very clear and completely opposed to what Jesus is doing. Jesus’ deeds are life-giving, hope-engendering, and life-saving, whereas the devil only wants to destroy. God is plain and pure goodness. The devil can disguise himself in the form of good but is depraved in his inmost being. God is not a God of confusion. God is totally oriented towards the good.

Do you notice how evil is often disguised as good? Are you aware of the devil’s many deceptions?

Gospel • LUKE 11:14-23

Jesus 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 Beelzebul, 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 Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, 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. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

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