Friday, October 12, 2012

Galatians 3:7-14, Psalm 111:1-6, Luke 11:15-26


Faith is what enables us live, without it we would live hopeless lives, we would not know the meaning of trust and we certainly would have no hope.  We demonstrate faith, ordinary faith, all the time in people who love us, in the cycle of the seasons, in the way things work, in professionals.  Faith is the engine that moves our lives and we go on from moment to moment, day to day, year to year.

Supernatural faith – the faith that is God’s free gift lavished on us in baptism, helps us to believe that every Word in Scripture is true, every promise God has made will be fulfilled.  We believe because God said so.  We believe the Church because Jesus has handed over His authority to Peter and his successors.

Without faith, scripture tells us it would be impossible for us to please God.  Abraham is called our father in faith precisely because he believed in God’s promises to him even though he did not live to see them fulfilled in his life time.  When there was no reason to believe, he still believed and the fruit and the blessings resulting from his faith is ours as well, for God promised that in Abraham all nations will be blessed.  If we who follow the way of faith like our father in faith Abraham, we too will receive the blessings that were promised to him through Christ our Lord who pours His Holy Spirit on all who believe.

Verse 5 
Always mindful of his covenant,
he provides food for those who fear him.

Beloved, You have made a covenant of love with us and You feed us with Your own Body and Blood in order that we may be strong in our belief, hope, faith and trust in You.
He shows his people the power of his arm
by giving them the lands of other nations.

We conquer nations for You by love through the Good News that we carry to the ends of the earth so that all may acknowledge that You are Lord to the glory of God our Father. 

15 Yet some of them said, “He drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons.” 16 So others wanted to put him to the test by asking him for a heavenly sign.

You shall not put the Lord Your God to the test.  Attributing what is clearly good to evil and then asking You to prove that it is good – only man could dare something like this.  Nature knows and nature glorifies God but we have turned our back on everything that makes us above the animals.  We have regressed and satan is having a field day with the very ones who were created a little less than gods.

20 But suppose I drive out demons by the finger of God; would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you?

Verse 20 is the challenge You continue to throw to us.  As long as the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are protected but when we sin, He leaves and evil takes over to fill the vacuum left by the departure of Grace and we wind up being the pawns of Satan, evil and the culture of death which is paraded as good in the world.  Have mercy onus Lord and save us before it is too late.

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