Sunday Devotional: Jesus exorcises demon

Mark 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at His teaching,
for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Jesus casts out demon
The above passage from Mark is the gospel reading for today. I predict that Fr. Jack at my parish, once again, will make no mention in his homily of Jesus’s exorcism or of the Devil or of demons.
The pusillanimous avoidance of all mention of devil, demons, and Hell by too many priests and ministers may account for why Americans increasingly no longer believe in the devil.
CNS News reports that a 2013 Harris Poll found that although a majority (74%) of U.S. adults still say they believe in God, that’s down from the 82% who had expressed such a belief in earlier years. Nearly one-fourth of Americans (23%) identify themselves as “not at all” religious – a figure that has nearly doubled since 2007, when it was at 12%. Belief in miracles, heaven and other religious teachings also declined in the latest poll, including:

  • 68% believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72%;
  • 65% believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70%;
  • And only 58% believe in the devil and hell, down from 62%.

Why do only 58% or fewer than 6 out of every 10 American adults believe in the devil when 68% believe that Jesus is God? Do they imagine that our Lord Jesus Christ was lying or hallucinating when He exorcised demons in Gospel passages like Mark 1:21-28?

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. (La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.)” -Charles Baudelaire’s Le Joueur généreux, 1864.

How can we armor ourselves against the devil if we don’t even believe he exists? No wonder Americans increasingly are debauched and depraved.
armor of God
~Éowyn

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  1. Timely and important insights, Dr. Eowyn.

     
  2. Against all rules of reality, the more the Apocalypse 12 red dragon reveals evil, the less some people see evil. That is part of calling evil good and good evil.

     
  3. “He who does not believe in the devil does not believe in the Gospel.” Saint Pope John Paul II

     
  4. Dr Eowyn, this is a most excellent Sabbath day lesson. How profoundly sad it is that the American people are on a down-hill slide as far as their personal belief in Our Lord and Savior, and that Lucifer is an actual being; most of all their denial that there is a Hell, which was prepared for Lucifer and all those who would follow him.

     
  5. >>The pusillanimous avoidance of all mention of devil, demons, and Hell by >>too many priests and ministers may account for why Americans >>increasingly no longer believe in the devil.
    I’ve found the same thing here, they also immediately change the subject when I ask a question or make an observation about the NWO and one world Luciferian elite, right away “yaah ok, its not really important at all , just focus on God an doing his will.
    I wonder if they avoid any unpleasant REALITIES because it will drive away the masses from their sheep fold ad collection plates, plus will attract unwelcome attention from the thought police. They’re making it sound like heaven, hell, the devil, end of days is just fables created to scare the flock into line.
    Of course most all Catholic and Protestant churches within 50 miles of me have become very liberal, may as well almost be Unitarians

     
  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post.
    I loved the Scriptures this weekend Mass. Our pastor/priest spoke his entire sermon on the existence of the devil, the fact that at least one Exorcist is appointed to every Diocese in the United States, making sure that everyone in the congregation understood that the devil and his minions are rreal. Our priest also emphasized Our Lord’s power over the devil and for us to be strong in our faith and not afraid of the devil.
    He also emphasized how Catholic priests are sought out to exorcise demons by not only Catholics, but by other Protestant faiths.
    The quote from Ephesians that you provided Dr. Eowyn is something that we should remember every day!

     

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