Resisting the Devil

Today is the Feast of St. Mark. Mark was a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s Gospel. The Gospel reading today is the end of Mark’s Gospel, where Jesus tells the Apostles to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

In the first reading from 1 Peter 5, Peter mentions Mark. This reading is filled with great wisdom, and great advice. St. Peter writes, “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.”

The Devil is prowling around. Truer words were never spoken. So many today want to discount the work of Satan. They like to say that he is just a figment of the imagination. Actually, that in and of itself is a work of Satan. If the Devil can get us to believe that he doesn’t exist, then he is way ahead of the game. Believe me, the Devil never gets tired; he is always working in overdrive. Therefore, we must never tire in our efforts to resist him. How do we do this? Just as St. Peter said, by remaining steadfast in faith.

Father, we know that we cannot resist the Devil on our own. Give us your grace that we may banish him from our lives. Amen.

Today’s Readings

5 thoughts on “Resisting the Devil

  1. Lego678

    When I read the gospel of Mark Chapter 16 it seems to have a different “feeling” to it than the rest of the gospel of Mark! Anyone explain why?

    1. Heroine_humble

      Thanks Tim for sharing.  I think in talk radio there is the desire to stir emotions and hatred is the quickest (and easiest) one to work.  That generates revenues.  Lets pray for him as well.

      1. Gus

        As always, Tim and Heroine, thank you for your thoughtful remarks. I have much to cover and this will eventually come up on the program, I’m sure.

        Heroine, perhaps you should gain some knowledge before commenting. The Catholic Channel does not accept commercials, therefore does not “generate revenues.” We also are not subject to ratings, as are terrestrial radio outlets.

        Your denigration aside, I appreciate your prayers.


  2. Nancy

    I have learned from past experience that the Devil certainly does prowl around!  Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t realize it and understand it until his damage has been done, and then we see more clearly when we ask for God’s grace to give us wisdom.  However, the beauty of our Catholic faith is the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Mr. Lloyd, thank you for your Reflections that make us all think about our faith.


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