In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus is accused of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebul. He then talks about a house divided. I want to concentrate today on something else Jesus says in this passage.
“When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.” What do we make of this saying?
Spiritually, we must be that strong man fully armed. Satan is strong – very strong. If we do not use every weapon at our disposal and rely fully on the strength that God supplies, we are destined to lose the battle. What are those weapons? Prayer, Scripture, the Rosary, the Sacraments. These are what will see us through to victory. Are you fully armed today?
Father, give us your grace and your strength. Help us to be fully armed for the battles we will be engaged in today. Victory is ours, only through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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