The Gospel reading from Luke chapter 11, verses 14-23 speaks of Jesus having cast out a demon from a mute man. Once the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke to the crowds and were amazed. Naysayers and skeptics who saw the miracle were puzzled and asked if it was by the power of Beelzebul that Jesus cast out the demon from the mute man. Jesus boldly proclaims that “if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” is the message we can take away from this passage. After all, how often do we forget to put our trust and unity in God for not only the trials in our life, but for the good works and gifts we receive?
Jesus’s message to us this day is to not let the divisions of this present day age and time separate us from the love of God. After all, it is Satan and His works that wish to separate our families and our society. We must be strong and always acknowledge through word, action and deed that our foundation comes from God. As Psalm 95 proclaims, let us not harden our hearts to the voice of the Lord. A good prayer for us to remember when in doubt and when being tempted to follow that which is not of the Lord is the Litany of Trust…Jesus, I trust in you.