March 23, 2017
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
The Gospel Today
Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute,
and when the demon had gone out,
the mute man 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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Eric Yabut)
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”.
The words of Jesus from this Gospel passage teaches us to be with Him and hold on to Him. This shows the perfection of Jesus’ love. Jesus invites us to dwell in Him to keep us from harm. It is by the communion of our prayers that we can be united with Jesus.
Those who did not believe in Jesus are those who accuse Him of evil by driving out demons in the name of Beelzebul. If Jesus is the devil’s instrument, how could He drive them out? That was not the first time He drove out demons. In fact, He continues in driving out demons to heal the sick and the afflicted.
Here in the seminary, I am invited to listen to Christ, do His will, and act on what God has planned for me. We are all invited to listen and reflect on the things happening in our lives. Listening to the will of God is a good sign of being one with Christ and His teachings.
We are called to be with God and to do His will. We must be true and faithful to Him. It is the invitation to all of us to pursue God single mindedly. Focusing on the goodness of God will lead us to the way of perfection that God has planted in us. Let us call to mind our struggles in fighting our temptations. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in our fight for God’s way of perfection. God is speaking to us every day. Allow our hearts to listen to Him and to be united with Him.