Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 Gal 3:7-14; Gospel Lk 11:15-26
We all might have had a renewal experience after attending a retreat or a liturgical service. But how long you would have remained in the spirit of the renewal? In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks about the spiritual warfare we are engaged in. The modern psychology and philosophy rule out the existence of devil in the world. None of us can deny the fact that there is a force that creates hindrance in our relationship with God, fellow beings, and the entire cosmos. If we analyze the public life of Jesus we could see that it was a constant struggle with evil powers. He was tempted in the desert. He encountered several demoniac possessions. He performed an exorcism and liberated human beings, who were undergoing severe mental and physical agony. But Jesus warns about the return of the same evil spirit with more enthusiasm if we are not spiritually equipped to challenge this setback. If we think that we are liberated once and for all and get back to a spiritual lethargy, we would become slaves of the powers of the darkness again. Jesus reminded us that only a constant prayer and fasting could empower us to fight this battle against the powers of darkness.