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Liturgical day: Friday 27th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 11,15-26): Some of the people said, «He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons». So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign». As Jesus was casting out a devil some of the people said, «He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons». So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign.

But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, «Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your fellow members drive out demons? They will be your judge, then. But suppose I drive out demons by the finger of God; would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you?

»As long as the strong and armed man guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger one attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on and disposes of his spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters. When the evil spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry lands looking for a resting place. And finding none, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’. When it comes, it finds the house swept and everything in order. Then it goes to fetch seven other spirits even worse than itself. They move in and settle there, so that the last state of that person is worse than the first».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we must learn a fundamental lesson: the only valid response before God is our faith, opening our heart confidently. Without faith we "get confused", we become hopeless: we see a miracle and we say that he is evil, but we immediately demand another miracle.

- Finally, when Jesus publicly and solemnly affirmed that he is the "Son of God" then, we don’t rejoice, we send him to Calvary and hang Him on the Cross instead. Are we out of our mind? «Whoever is not with me (…) scatters », clearly.