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January 24, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Mark 3:22-30
Meanwhile, the teachers of the law, who had come from Jerusalem, said, ”He is in the power of Beelzebul: the
chief of the demons helps him to drive out demons.” Jesus called them to him, and began teaching them by
means of stories, or parables. How can Satan drive out Satan? If a nation is divided by civil war, that nation cannot

stand. If a family divides itself into groups, that family will not survive. In the same way, if Satan has risen against himself and is
divided, he will not stand; he is finished. No one can break into the house of a strong man in order to plunder his goods,
unless he first ties up the strong man. Then indeed, he can plunder his house. Truly, I say to you, every sin will be forgiven humankind,
even insults to God, however numerous. But whoever slanders the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He carries the guilt of his
sin forever.” This was their sin when they said, “He has an unclean spirit in him.”

 

Reflection:

 

The truth is, Satan can cast off Satan. This has been the
way of the world, from the beginning. Don’t we cast out
Satan with Satan when we use violence to heal violence?
Think of why we have wars, terrorism, capital punishment,
expulsions of members from families, and even the run-of-the-mill
cursing while at traffic. And we are convinced of the efficacy of
such methods! As René Girard argues, human society is built
upon such sacrificial mechanism and the world only knows peace
brought by violence. The irony is, such satanic wisdom, instead
of breaking down his kingdom, ensures that he is indispensable!
However, it is to such a world that Christ brings the “finger of God,”
the Holy Spirit, who operates with a different Kingdom logic,
with its dynamics of inclusive love. And to equate such
interventions to satanic acts is blind, blasphemous, and denial
of God.

 

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