October 9, 2015

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 11: 15-26

When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd 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.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.”

Reflection (Sem. Eldrick S. Pena)

10.9

In the Gospel, Jesus was accused by the people of driving out demons through the name of Beelzebul, the prince of demons because of their unbelief. Maybe they arrived at this conclusion because they saw Jesus too “ordinary” to be the “Messiah.” He couldn’t be the one that they were waiting for to deliver Israel from their enemies. If Jesus was not the Messiah, then He was the opposite of the Messiah – Beelzebul!

There are many times in our life when we tend to suspect or judge people’s motives. We tend to interpret other people’s actions negatively. In the office, if someone is trying to do his best in his work, we will accuse that person of being too competitive and sometimes “sipsip” or “pakitang-gilas.” When someone suddenly becomes too caring and kind to us, we would say “may kailangan lang yan…” and so on.

It is good to ask ourselves, where are these negative thoughts coming from? If we only rid ourselves of this pessimistic attitude, God’s grace will flow naturally to us and we will experience how His power works in our lives. We need to detach ourselves from these negativities in order to recognize that God could work through people and things around us – that is, if and only if we know how to see the good in people and things. Everything is indeed a blessing. Even our not-so-good experiences can be transformed into opportunities if we only start seeing the good in everything.

How do you look at people and things around you? Do you see them as blessings or curses?

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