“Whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, ‘You are the Son of God.’”

Mk 3:7-12: When it became known that Jesus was withdrawing to the sea, He was followed by a many people coming from many different regions.  Fearing He would be crushed, Jesus asks the disciples to ready a boat for Him.  Nevertheless, the people press upon Him to touch Him and be cured.  The possessed also came.  When exorcised, the demons behaved as spelled out above, but Jesus rebuked them and told them to be silent.  Two lessons we can take from this.  First, acknowledging Jesus as Lord does not a saint make.  “You believe that God is one.  You do well.  Even the demons believe that and tremble” (Jas 2:10).  Also, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt 7:21).  Second, it is interesting that devils are not atheists or even agnostics.  In the presence of God they cannot deny Him; they know that it is their rejection of Him that put them in hell.  But they are much smarter than many today who, despite irrefutable proof of it, ignore or dismiss entirely the divine.  Demons are malicious; they are not stupid.  But they do live up to their billing as deceivers and murderers (Jn 8:44) as their hands are clearly seen in the increasing numbers that continue to turn away from God and who reject life, even killing the innocent.  The Way, the Truth, and the Life will prevail (Jn 14:6).  Embrace Him, pray to Him, advocate for Him, and serve Him as a counter to the spreading evil.  Stay close to the Rock and the Church because “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18).

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