March 8, 2018 - Thursday
Jesus Wants us to be United with Him
.In the Gospel, Jesus is driving out a demon that is mute and many have witnessed this The crowd is divided into three. The first group is composed of people who were amazed; the second group is composed of accusers telling that Jesus drove the demon out using Beelzebul’s name and the third group is composed of people who don’t believe in this action of Jesus—they need to see evidence before they believe. At the end of the passage, Jesus says that a strong man (Jesus is pertaining to the demon) fully armed then his possession are safe but if it is attacked by a stronger man then the armor is removed and the spoils are distributed.
God is doing many things on our life. Are we able to recognize it? Are we the people from the first, second or third group on how the way we see things in life? There are instances that we are able to recognize God’s action in our lives especially when we receive blessings, like the people from the first group, but when we are pushed out of our comfort zone then there is a tendency to respond like the people from the second or third group. At the end of the passage, Jesus assures us that he is the strongest. He will overcome everything. He is stronger than any demons and God is inviting us not be divided but to be united as one. Let us not be like the people from the second group to see the things in life as if it all came from demon or it came from misfortune. Also, let us not be like the people from the third group that they still lack faith to be able to recognize that it is Jesus who works in our everyday lives. Today let’s go deeper and ask for a more intimate conversation with God and be assured that He is stronger than anyone and let our faith grow bigger in our hearts
Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.