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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday 3rd of Lent

Gospel text (Lk 11,14-23): One day Jesus was driving out a dumb demon. When the demon had been driven out, the mute person could speak, and the people were amazed. Yet some of them 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, «(…) If I drive them out by Beelzebul, (…) would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? (…)».

Christ’s action through the Holy Spirit preserves us from evil

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we consider that Christ, in his action, accomplished with the Holy Spirit, becomes physically present among us and preserves us from evil. It is incongruous that the demon casts out demons! Let us have some common sense: it is Christ who —by the "finger" of God— casts out demons!

The preaching of the Kingdom is an "event": God’s Word in Person. This preaching is at the same time a struggle with the powers of evil. The ancient world actually experiences the irruption of the Christian faith as liberation from fear of demons that, in spite of skepticism and enlighten, was all-pervasive at that time. For us there is but one God, the Father and one Lord, Jesus Christ (cf. 1Cor 8:4): these words imply a great liberating power, the great exorcism that purifies the world. No matter how many "gods" may fluctuate in the world, only one is God and Lord!

—Through Jesus Christ, God has entered into history in a wholly new way: we live, in a unique way, the time of conversion and penance, as well as the time of joy.