On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 11, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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French School; Five of the Miracles of Christ: Casting Out the Devil from the Dumb Man; Almshouse of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/five-of-the-miracles-of-christ-casting-out-the-devil-from-the-dumb-man-60314

How sincere are we in following Jesus Christ our Lord?

What have we given up for Him this Lent as a start? It does not matter if we feel we had already missed the opportunity on Ash Wednesday. It’s not too late! Jesus wants to set us free from all that holds us back from living our lives fully in His love. He will cast out all evil and break the bonds which prevents us from listening to His Word and singing God our Father’s praises.

However if we stubbornly refuse to listen to His voice, His call to repentance and to grow in Holiness; then we will have to live the consequence of not having Him present in our lives. What we will face is scattered, broken lives. Always wanting and seeking for more, looking to the world for comfort after comfort to fill the void within us.

Jesus my Lord and Saviour, see if there be, some wicked way in me; cleanse me from all my sin and set me free. Amen

Search Me O God

First reading

Jeremiah 7:23-28

Here is the nation that will not listen to the voice of the Lord its God

These were my orders: Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Follow right to the end the way that I mark out for you, and you will prosper. But they did not listen, they did not pay attention; they followed the dictates of their own evil hearts, refused to face me, and turned their backs on me. From the day your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until today, day after day I have persistently sent you all my servants the prophets.

    But they have not listened to me, have not paid attention; they have grown stubborn and behaved worse than their ancestors. You may say all these words to them: they will not listen to you; you may call them: they will not answer. So tell them this, “Here is the nation that will not listen to the voice of the Lord its God nor take correction. Sincerity is no more, it has vanished from their mouths.”

Gospel

Luke 11:14-23

Know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you

Jesus was casting out a devil and it was dumb; but when the devil had gone out the dumb man spoke, and the people were amazed. But some of them said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he casts out devils.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a household divided against itself collapses. So too with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? – since you assert that it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils, through whom do your own experts cast them out? Let them be your judges then. But if it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you. So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own palace, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he is attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.

    ‘He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.’

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