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Gospel Reflection for the 4th Sunday OT 2012

posted Jan 26, 2012, 3:43 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


“Just don’t do any harm to anyone I love, otherwise…”  This seems to be what Jesus would like to assert to the unclean spirit after it cried out:  “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are-the Holy One of God,”  (Mk.1.24).

Jesus’ exorcising command to the unclean spirit to be “quiet and to come out of the man” manifest His authority not to destroy, even His own enemy, but to liberate and protect those “His own.”

Satan has not been destroyed by Jesus because He is a God not of destruction but of restoration to goodness and beauty, and Satan and its cohorts are not exemptions.  Why not pray for Satan to be changed and get converted to being good and holy again?

The subtle reality of Satan’s presence and influence in our modern society today should be clearly identified and made exposed.  Believers should not be frightened in confronting it because it is the Holy One of God who is in command. 

Besides, the Holy One of God has perpetually and actively been resolved to protect "His own" and assures them of grace to overcome the convulsing possessions of the evil ones. 

“Our Father who art in heaven… deliver us from evil.  Amen.

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