Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Two demoniacs met Jesus

They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.They cried out, "What have you to do with us, Son of God?Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?"Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.The demons pleaded with him,"If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine."And he said to them, "Go then!"They came out and entered the swine,and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the seawhere they drowned.

The coming of God's kingdom means the defeat of Satan's: "If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Jesus' exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus' great victory over "the ruler of this world". The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ's cross: "God reigned from the wood."

-- CCC 550
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Celebrating the Sacerdotal Year: In photo Pope Benedict celebrates Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul-Outside-the-Walls, Rome. Read his statement for the Year for Priests here.
(Liturgy of Wk 13, Wed, Yr I)

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