Jesus ordered the spirit, “Be quiet, and come out of the man!” (Mk 1:25)
Meditation: On the solemnity of the epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ, it was revealed that he was the Son of God. The message continued through the feast of baptism of our Lord Jesus. Today what we heard through the meditation verse was one of its expressions with concrete example; the evil spirit in the man was driven out. This miracle is a clear manifestation of his divine power and at the same time it unfolds the purpose of his incarnation.
In the book of Genesis we read, “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” (Gen 1:27, 28) How blessed in the beginning the man was! However, we know that how the man lost the blessings of the Lord as he listened to and made obedience to Satan.
The man, who was with God, was cheated by the perpetual liar Satan and was made slave to him. The loving God, but once again took initiative to bring him back to the heavenly paradise; in the contemporary term it may be called ghar vapasi. The second reading complements to this thought saying, “He purifies people from their sins, and both he and those who are made pure all have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” (Heb 2:11) This shows the way through which man is created anew and become child of God and thereby brother of Christ.
Therefore, the foremost mission of Jesus’ incarnation certainly was to make free man from the clutches of sin and Satan and bring him salvation. Jesus’ disciples were also given the power to cast out demons and heal people. However, it is not enough that we are freed from the clutches of sins for everlasting renewed life we have to live in and for Jesus. Otherwise it will turn into worse than before.
The word of Lord gives a beautiful example as to it: “When an evil spirit goes out of a person, it travels over dry country looking for a place to rest. If it can’t find one, it says to itself, ‘I will go back to my house.’ So it goes back and finds the house clean and tidy. Then it goes out and brings seven other spirits even worse than itself, and they come and live there. So when it is all over, that person is in a worse state than he was at the beginning.” (Lk 11:24-26)
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Through the miracle of driving out evil spirit from the man, you have shown us that we have to lead a life of union with God. We have to walk in the light and keep away from the activities of darkness. Lord, give us your Holy Spirit in its abundance and sanctify us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a blissful Tuesday!