05 Sept 2017: Good and Evil

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Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6,9-11; Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

Today we live in scientific era, where people tend to reduce anything and everything to science and psychology. For an individual of this era, today’s Gospel reading may sound ridiculous and even fictitious. It is a trend in our current times.

However, one of Jesus’ chief ministries on earth was to liberate people from the bondage of the evil one. In fact, casting out demons was unheard of in the history of the Israelite. We find no reference about it in the Old Testament. It was only with the coming of Jesus that such a thing became a reality, much to the amazement of the people of that time (Lk 4:36).

The greatest act of deception by Satan is that he has made the world believe that he does not exist. As a consequence, people think that God is the author of both good and evil, resulting in people resorting to atheism, agnosticism and the like. It has also lead to deification of science as the answer to all human quests.

When I call myself a Christian, I profess my faith in Christ. I believe in what Jesus said and did. And if Jesus cast out demons, I obviously need to believe that the evil one exists. In the Rite of Baptism and in the Easter Liturgy, this is precisely what we do and additionally we promise to reject Satan, with all his works and empty promises.

I may have said ‘yes’ to all the questions of the priest during the Easter Vigil. But it does not imply that I really understood or meant what I said. Let us take some time in solitude today and examine our life. Am I convinced of the existence of Satan? Have I really rejected Satan? Do I give in to the works (temptations) and empty promises of Satan?

Let us ask the necessary graces from God to be ever aware of Satan (1 Peter 5:8) and consciously reject Him in our lives.

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