The WORD in other words (2023) by Fr. Jerry Songcog, SVD — Madagascar
Monday 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
Image: Exocism by St Francis Borja in Wikimedia Commons
“No one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man.” These words of Jesus could be interpreted as “one needs to be stronger if one wants to overcome a strong adversary.”
With these words, Jesus tells the scribes who accused him of being possessed that if he could drive out demons, it is simply because he is stronger than them. This means that if we would like to overcome Satan and his forces in our lives, there is only one sure way – to follow Jesus and be at his side.
But how can one follow him and be at his side if one blocks the actions of God’s Spirit and is not docile to the Spirit’s guidance?
There will be no salvation to one who consistently refuses God’s grace as he would remain in sin, in opposition to God.
Jesus invites the scribes to open their eyes and recognize the wonderful work of God manifested through him, so they too could respond positively to the salvific action of God in Jesus.