Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 27 March 2014

Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 27 March 2014. Readings: Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Luke 11:14-23
             In today’s Gospel, Our Savior drives out a demon from a mute man, who upon being freed of the possessing tormentor, is able to speak. Jesus’ enemies try to discredit Him by saying he drives out demons by the power of the devil. The Lord points out the folly of this reasoning, remarking a house divided against itself cannot stand. He also notes that, “He who is not with Me is against Me.”
             Commenting on this passage from Luke, Bishop Vasa observed that “a line of demarcation is drawn by Our Lord between the kingdom of God and Satan. In another passage where others besides the disciples were casting out demons in Jesus’ name, the apostles complained about this” because these exorcists were not of their company. But Jesus told them that “Whoever is not against Me is for Me.”
             “What we hear in today’s Gospel is a statement, that neutrality on our part is not an option.”
             It isn’t simply about avoiding what is wrong. But rather, it is also “failing to do the good we are called upon to do.”
             “Even in little things,” we can “stand in God’s way and thus impede the coming of God’s kingdom in our lives, in our hearts, and into our world.”
             “During Lent, let us eliminate from our lives anything that stands in opposition to fostering the kingdom of God.”