What do I hear in my restlessness and desire to change the world? Distractions that cause me to do this or that, or do I more appropriately ignore the noise and allow the embrace of Jesus’s love? As a weapon against evil, the gift of love yields a loving smile, words cast towards a need, or grace ablaze in my eyes. Ah, for a moment, the truth surfaces, resulting in prayer. I gather with others in Christ’s Kingdom from within and the known and unknown multitudes. I pray this thought of being surrounded by those that unconditionally give of themselves will ripple in my actions today. In addition, my Christian hope is that my future tomorrow(s) will lead toward more of these changes that become like breathing to me and others.
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Luke 11:14:23 – Scripture*
Jesus and Beelzebul
14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? —for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. 22 But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his plunder. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Luke 11:14-23 Reflection – Grace Ablaze in my Eyes.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 11 passage.