Mk 1:21-28 I Know Who You Are
Anger is like a river that continues to swell in size! It washes over everything; it destroys whatever is in its path. The river drives all things along its path, brings an end to what was once beautiful, ordered and known. This is true of anger. But God is more powerful than any river. His love overflows. His mercy pushes aside evil to make room for compassion and truth. Only in this way, is beauty restored to its former splendor.
The devil knows who Jesus is. Even the devil knows he is the Son of God. And yet, the evil one cannot bend his will to the Father. To be one with the Father means more than an intellectual agreement – it means to be one in heart, mind and soul.
Someone recently told me, “Let us agree to disagree.” I told them that I was not willing to do that. I sincerely wanted to know why they thought I was wrong! Maybe I am wrong in assuming what I know, but I prefer to be in agreement with everyone as long as it corresponds to the truth. After all, the “truth shall set you free.” I take these words literally and my heart must be ready to accept the truth regardless if it is convenient or not.
Jesus demands that the evil spirit come out of the man who is standing in front of him. In similar ways, we have had these types of encounters: men or women shouting at us, insulting us or uttering every kind of evil or lie about us. They leave us speechless. They have left me shaking.
“What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet.” (Heb 2:5-12)
Who are we? As you can see from above, we are the sons and daughters of the Father who is above all things. He made us for a little while just a little lower than the angels. Here below are the testing grounds. Here below we decide who we want to be. What kind of eternal life we wish to lead and live! By the decisions we make, we decide who will be our Lord and King; who will be our Savior and Friend.
The evil one can only utter and sputter words. He has no dominion over a child of God. He has no power over a child who belongs to the Most High. For this reason, when the Lord speaks, everyone listens. Regardless of the outcome, everyone listens.
Let us ask the Lord for the grace to speak his words in time of confrontation, with difficult people and when we are surrounded by hatred and evil.
We know who the Lord is. He is our comfort and our joy. I shall not be afraid.