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Beelzebul & Devils

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

February 01, 1999
   
 

LK 11:14-16       MK 1: 24-28

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LK 11: 14-16  “And when He had cast out the Devil, the dumb man spoke.  And the crowds marveled.

 But some of them said...” By Beelzebul (or Beelzebub)....the prince of devils, He casts out devils. And others, to test Him, demanded a sign from Heaven.

 

But He, seeing their thoughts , said to them every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, & house will fall upon house. If then Satan is also divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand Seeing their thoughts...you say that I cast out devils by Beelzebul .  Now if I cast out devils by Beelzebul... by whom do your children cast them out?  Therefore they shall be your judges.

 But if I cast pout devils by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon.  He who is not with Me is against Me, & he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

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THE LENGTHY SCRIPTURE quotation has cited above has many lessons for people of all ages!

EVIL MUST FLEE from God!   Hence, all unclean spirits immediately recognize the Holy Divinity.

The Prince of devils is Lucifer Satan himself, who being a fallen Angel, has superior Intelligence & strength far beyond all humans, & so Lucifer knows that Christ is the All Holy One....the Son of God...& so Satan is forced to react.  

 

 SATAN CONFRONTS CHRIST,  He is in the presence of the ALL Holy One...full of Grace &

 Truth...the God made Man.  So, they have to fall down before Christ, who is God.....the

 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity.  The Devils...(Plural)...MK 1:24-28....SHOUT...”what have

we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth?   I know who you are....the Holy One of God.”  The

 crowd asks what new Doctrine is this...”for with authority He commands even the unclean Spirits, & they obey Him!”

 

MOST PEOPLE don’t want to even think about the devil.....what he does...or what he  CAN DO!

1Peter 5:8-9....Christ Himself told us...” be sober & watchful, for your adversary, the devil, is Going about as a roaring Lion seeking someone to devour.”

 

THE POPES CONSTANTLY urge us to practice Virtue....& to Avoid Evil.  Like GOOD SHEPHERDS they have throughout history pointed out the danger signals of Evil....whenever & wherever Evil  raises its head.  43  YEARS AGO on Nov 15, 1972....Blessed Pope Paul VI, a great Pontiff, spoke about Satan & the Evil he brings about. 

 

QUOTING THE POPE word for word:   “Do we not see how much evil exists in the world,

 Particularly MORAL EVIL...against Man & God.”  “We find evil in the Kingdom of Man where we meet with:..Weakness.....Frailty.......Pain......& Death......& something more.....a DUAL conflicting LAW.....one desiring GOOD....the other directed to EVIL.”

 

EVERY DAY WE READ about a world-wide onslaught against God...even God’s very existence..

...Sin &  Wars. VICES are given respectable names...& seem to thrive for noble causes.  Satanism,Cults & Paganism...continue to make headway.

THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE & THE FAMILY are being torn apart through....Divorce,

Abortion on demand, Euthanasia, Pornography, Homosexual Activity posing as Normative, Gay Rights & Medical assisted Suicide.  All these Evils are given a Dignity they do NOT possess....nor deserve.  All these Evils are surely encouraged by Satan himself.  What better way to distract & distort man’s Mind, Attention & Interest.  The US Supreme Court has even legalized Marriage between two men...& two women in 2005.

 

STILL QUOTING POPE PAUl:....” It is contrary to the Bible...& the Teachings of the Church

 to refuse to recognize Satan...or to explain him as a pseudo reality...or a conceptual &

 fanciful personification of unknown causes of our misfortune.”

 

THE VICAR OF CHRIST WRItes....”that Satan himself is the secret enemy NUMBER ONE who sows..”that SATAN himself is the secret enemy NUMBER ONE who sows errors & misfortunes in human society.  He speaks of many people in the world who...”prefer to appear strong & unprejudiced...to pose as positivists....while giving credit to magic or superstitions...or worse still,...opening their minds & Souls to the licentious experience of the SENSES....to the harmful one....to one of DRUGS.....to the fashionable errors....CRACKS...,through which the DEVIL can easily penetrate & work upon the human mind.”

 

WE CAN ALL REFLECT on these thoughts every time....we pray the last words of the OUR FATHER                   ...”lead us NOT into temptation , but delver us from Evil.”  AMEN.....SO BE IT!

   
 
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