Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed.
Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
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Commentary of the day :
Saint John Eudes (1601-1680), priest, preacher, founder of Religious Insitutes
The Kingdom of Jésus, 3, 4 (trans. Breviary, Friday of the 33rd week)
“The kingdom of God has come upon you”
We ought to imitate and complete in ourselves the various states and mysteries of Christ. We should frequently beseech him to bring them to perfection in us and in the whole Church. For, though in his person they are perfected, the mysteries of Jesus have not yet reached completion in us, his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body (Eph 5,30). The Son of God plans to make us sharers in his mysteries, and, in a certain manner, continue them in us and in the Church… This is how he wishes to complete his mysteries in us. For this reason the apostle Paul can say that the whole Christ is being brought to perfection in the Church, and that all of us are contributing to his being built up and arriving at full maturity (Eph 4,13)… In another text the same apostle says that by his physical sufferings he is completing what still remains of Christ’s sufferings (Col 1,24)…
When he is born again in our souls by the holy sacraments of baptism arid the blessed eucharist, and conforms us to his likeness, the Son of God wishes to complete in us the mysteries of his incarnation, birth and hidden life. He makes it possible for us to live an interior spiritual life, hidden with him in God. He intends to bring to perfection in us the mysteries of his passion, death and resurrection by causing us to suffer, to die and to rise with him and in him. Finally, he plans to complete his state of glorious immortality in us by bringing it about that we shall lead a glorious everlasting life with him and in him in heaven…
Thus the mysteries of Jesus will not reach their completion until the end of the time which he has decreed, that is, until the end of the world.
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