Jesus and Beelzebul

“Jesus and Beelzebul”
Luke 11:15-26 “in a snailshell”
Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.”

Luke 11:15-26

Beelzebul (“lord of flies”), a name of Satan possibly transferred from the god of the Ekronites (2 Kings 1:2), was invoked to demonize Christ and his work. Jesus revealed their fallacious logic with the image of a kingdom divided. 

4 Replies to “Jesus and Beelzebul”

  1. Dear GMC, in our Journey to wholeness, there is a return to innocence. I dedicate this song (lyrics below) by Enigma to you for the debut of Shalom Snail, where its success is our success. Mazeltov, GMC!!💐🐌❤🙃

    Love
    Devotion
    Feeling
    Emotion

    Don’t be afraid to be weak
    Don’t be too proud to be strong
    Just look into your heart my friend
    That will be the return to yourself
    The return to innocence

    And if you want, then start to laugh
    If you must, then start to cry
    Be yourself don’t hide
    Just believe in destiny

    Don’t care what people say
    Just follow your own way
    Don’t give up and use the chance
    To return to innocence

    That’s not the beginning of the end
    That’s the return to yourself
    The return to innocence

    1. Thank you, fdan! I am deeply touched! May God, our Blessed Mother, Saints, Angels, snails and flowers bless you! 🐌❤️🌷😊🌿

      1. Thank God for you!! The song was based on a native Taiwanese chant by a Taiwanese tribesman Kuo Ying-nan and his wife Kuo Hsiu-chu.

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