You Are the Son of God

“You are the Son of God”
A reflection on Mark 3:7-12
Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.

Mark 3:7-12

Plato’s notion that ignorance is the root of all evil does not hold up in the Gospels. Spirits free of the fog of concupiscence and ignorance see the Son of God with piercing clarity yet willfully resist him: “What have you to do with us, Son of God?” (Matthew 8:29; Mark 5:7; Luke 8:28) Knowledge does not necessarily lead to love.

St. Augustine writes:

The “faith that works by love” (Galatians 5:6), is not the same faith that demons have. “For the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19), but do they love? If they had not believed, they would not have said: “You are the holy one of God” or “You are the Son of God.” But if they had loved, they would not have said: “What have we to do with you?”

Letter 194 to Sixtus

Living faith clings to God with love on account of his trustworthiness. Children of God welcome the Light and Love that seals communion, but enemies flee before him (Psalm 68:1(2)). 

“You are the Son of God!” dark spirits cried
As Light and Love pierced through demonic pride.

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