YEAR B: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF JESUS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 4:31-37) Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time, September 4, 2017
In today’s Gospel Jesus freed a man possessed by a demon by commanding it to be quiet and come out of the man. The people were amazed at this display of authority and power. Whereas many, including religious leaders were tentative with the devil, here comes Jesus Lording it over a formidable foe.
There is no doubt about the power of Jesus over the devil. The devil recognized Jesus as the Holy One of God. That was the reason why, if you notice, every encounter they had with Jesus always end in either their defeat or retreat. Worse was that instant when they begged to be allowed to enter a herd of pigs. Consequently, the pigs drowned into the water body nearby. Jesus entrusted this power and authority to the Church when He founded it on Peter, the Rock. Jesus proclaimed that even the gates of hell will never prevail over the Church. The whole army of devils will be no match to Jesus. Jesus knew their numbers and their names. Jesus will not fall in their traps.
For the record, the devil had adopted different faces. It is “diabolos” which means a “divider. It is “ho satanas” which means an accuser. It is the “father of lies”. And finally a “murderer since the beginning”. It will do everything in order for us to go against God and against each other.
God is a God of unity, mercy, love, truth, and life. All these, satan will reverse and abolish. But, the Good News is that we are not helpless against them. God had given us Scriptures, the Eucharist, rosary, the commandments, discipline etc. We cannot just let satan strut its steps and leave us watching. Empowered by Jesus in His Spirit, let us use these Christian weapons to crush satan.