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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
(Part 243)

EVANGELIZATION AND WAR – 2


October 12, 2018
Today’s gospel: Luke 11:15-26


In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about the enemy, the evil one. People saw him driving out demons and concluded that he did so by the power of Beelzebul (v.15). But why would the devil drive out the devil? Then Jesus talks about how strong the devil is, but that one stronger than he (that is, Jesus) will dispossess him (v.22). The outcome of war is determined by who is the stronger force. Finally, Jesus talks about the return of the unclean spirit (v.24). The devil does not give up and perseveres in afflicting people, in even intensifying degrees (v.26).

The work of Jesus, which is salvation, has engaged him in spiritual war with the evil one. In the same way, the work of evangelization, by which we proclaim the salvation of Jesus, engages us in spiritual war. Now know this: this is all-out war, with eternal consequences.

God went to great lengths to win for us our salvation, sending His very own Son Jesus to suffer and die for us. Since the whole world is under the dominion of the evil one, only Jesus the stronger man can save us. As such, we either choose to be with him, or we choose to remain under the enemy’s dominion. Thus Jesus says, “whoever is not with me is against me” (v.23a). It can only be one or the other. If we do not accept the salvation Jesus has won for us, then we in effect choose to remain under the enemy’s dominion.

Further, we are called on not only to accept Christ as Savior, but to proclaim his salvation to all. We are to share Christ. We are to evangelize. As such, we are to participate in the war. Now Jesus says something interesting: “whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (v.23b). If we do not help gather the lost sheep, then we in effect are helping to keep them scattered.

Many Catholics today are unaware of what is going on, the spiritual war that rages in the heavens and on earth. They go about their own lives, not knowing that war is being fought for their very souls, and that they themselves need to decide on whose side they are.

Are you for or against Jesus? Do you gather or scatter? The choice should be clear.

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