Jeremiah 7: 23-28
Luke 11: 14-23
“By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” What kind of goofy statement is that to make – that would have been my reply but Jesus tells those making the claim the logical answer – a kingdom divided against itself can’t exist.
Satan is the king of division – one of the knucklehead’s goals is to break communion thereby breaking Communion. Our Eucharist, the very being of the flesh and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is the very base of our faith, it is the centrality of our faith. It makes sense that satan would attack the Church and try to tear it apart…no Church…no priests. No priests, no Eucharist.
Division in our families, in our communities, in our Church is the great desire of satan and has become the great desire of many in the news media, Hollywood, and sports. They want to show how terrible one person is as opposed to another, how to accept the inappropriate behavior of someone else because dog gone it, whatever that person is inappropriately doing is making them happy and we should want everyone to be doing things they want to do.
We are called to love one another, but not love all behavior. To that end, we must be accepting of the person but not the behavior. That can be a challenge. Is there someone against whom you are holding a grudge? Is there someone you are ready to denigrate as a person because of their behavior? Love means always wanting the good for the other. That means wanting them to be practicing a strong faith life. Today, if there is someone who is behaving in a way that is counter to the teachings of Christ, pray for them.
It is a beautiful day! Go thank God for it!