THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DEMONS AND THE GOSPEL
January 14, 2015
Today’s gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Jesus “drove out many demons, not permitting them to
speak because they knew him.” (v.34b). The demons knew
Jesus, while many Catholics have not truly met Jesus nor do
they truly know him. The demons were not permitted to speak,
while all Catholics are commissioned to speak about Jesus
and to proclaim the gospel. The demons were driven out of
people, while Catholics are prodded to go to all peoples and
to intermingle with people in order to share Christ.
If demons know Jesus
more than we the people of God know him, if demons proclaim
Jesus as “Jesus of Nazareth” and “the Holy
One of God” (v.24) but we do not proclaim Christ, if
demons are right there with the people (possessing them) while
we stand aloof, might demons not be better suited to share
Christ? A ridiculous notion indeed. But by what we are and
what we do or do not do, we stand convicted.
must preach the gospel, and we must oppose the enemy. Like
Jesus, we must be about the work of “preaching and driving
out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.” (v.39b).