THE SERVANT GENERAL
DEFEATING THE ENEMY
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:1-12,17-20
Jesus sends out the 72 on mission. They are to proclaim the
Kingdom of God. “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.”
(v.9b). They are to recover territory held by Satan. What
Jesus did was to send them out to engage in spiritual warfare.
That is still what Jesus sends out his disciples for today.
We are to evangelize and do mission, and thus engage the enemy.
this, as is often the case, it is a David-and-Goliath battle.
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs,
among wolves.” (v.3). Today, we fight the forces of
the modernist world, of sects and of cults. In the assault
against faith, family and life, we fight powerful secular
forces such as the US Government, the European Union, the
United Nations, international liberal media, billionaire philanthropists,
and even an enemy within which includes highly placed bishops
God’s armies then being led to the slaughter? Well,
we certainly will be beaten up, bloodied, or even killed.
There will be oppression, persecution and suffering. But God
is already victorious, and we share in that victory. “The
seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, ‘Lord, even
the demons are subject to us because of your name.’”
(v.17). The still powerful Satan has already been defeated
by Jesus on the cross, and his head crushed by Jesus and his
mother Mary. “I have observed Satan fall like lightning
from the sky.” (v.18). As God’s armies, we are
empowered by the Holy Spirit and we come under the protection
of God’s holy angels. “Behold, I have given you
the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm
share in Christ’s victory, we need to be holy warriors.
“Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are
subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written
in heaven.” (v.20). Only the holy ones, who obey the
very command of Jesus to proclaim the gospel and make disciples,
will make it to heaven.