“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
We are in the middle of Lent. Today’s Gospel takes us back to the beginning and reminds us of Jesus’ temptations in the desert.
Pride, vanity, and sensuality are at the root of all our sins. That is why we say and do the foolish things that we do. That’s why some in the crowd, after seeing Jesus cure a dumb man, said such outrageous things. They went so far as accusing Jesus of healing by the power of Beelzebul.
The Jews found the oldest trick to attack Jesus. When they could not attack Him on facts, they resorted to personal attack. Are we brave enough today, to search our hearts and see how much we are like those Jews to others who are doing good deeds, but we judge them as evil?
Jesus wants to cast out whatever evil is gripping us. He wants to cure us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is the “stronger man” who wants to fill us up with His strength in our weaknesses.