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The Way of Love: Liberates

Mark 1:21-28, NRSV

Reflections

If Jesus Christ is truly creator (as divine Word) and redeemer (as Word Incarnate) then what is created out of love is ultimately redeemed by love.

— Ilia Delio, Christ in Evolution

  • Main point of this passage is not about the demons, but on Jesus’ power and authority in freeing people from unclean spirit
  • Demons torment people by manipulation, discouragement, lies
  • In contrast, Holy Spirit and Jesus’ teaching encourage us:
    • Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. — 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
    • But when we idolize them and refuse to hold them fully accountable—I am going to dare to say the unsayable—they usually become demonic in some form. Richard Rohr, The Spirits of the Air
  • C.S. Lewis: There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.

 

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