“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ― Winston S. Churchill: (1874 –1965: was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.)
Gospel Text: (MK 3:22-30)
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
"He is possessed by Beelzebul," and
"By the prince of demons he drives out demons."
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
"How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
In the Gospel reading we see the teachers of the Law claiming that Jesus was a tool of the devil. It is so hard and so disappointing to see how these men, despite the miracles and all the good things Jesus was doing, could not see the finger of God working through him.
We pray that our minds and hearts would not be so blind and unable to see God's presence and action in our daily lives. People, who are so full of themselves, their wealth and possessions, ambitions and aspirations, could easily fail to see God's presence and actions. We should be in constant watch to see God's presence and actions in our lives.