The word of Jesus Christ in the Gospel reading today mirrors the reality in our
generation. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand”. In every level of human society, traces of division can be found.
In the highest level, even though nations are not at war with each other, though some are, their division is clearly manifested in their relationship in terms of security and order, economy, laws, values, and many other aspects. The result is poverty and violence that threatens the lives and well-being of the people especially of the poor and the weak. We can even say that man, as part of creation, is at odd from the rest of creation. We pollute and destroy the world, our common home. Hence, nature is gradually losing its ability to support us and sustain life in our planet.
The smallest unit of human society, the family, is not spared with this division. Our
modern way of life allows and supports alienation and separation of family members from each other. The absence of one member of the family, especially of the mother or father, affects the deep and natural bond that exists in the family. Broken family has become a normal situation of our modern day society. Division puts down what should have been a solid and strong ties of the family where love is conceived and nurtured and shared to its members. Behind all these divisions, people of goodwill do everything they can to put an end to division and foster unity and cooperation among men. However, this mainly human effort and man centered solution will be futile. The unity they foster lacks Christ. Only our union with God can give us true desire and longing to be united with other people and to all creation. Christ offered His own life so that we can be united with the Father, through Him in the Holy Spirit.
By Sem. Rodel D.O. Aclan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and
“By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”