WHEN MEN DOUBT YOU

HOMILY, FRIDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Gal 3:7-14, Luke 11:15-26

Those who know the truth and still condemn it condemn themselves. Experts in slander are they who lack evidence against the object of their evil thoughts.  A slanderer does not know when he judges himself, because his story is often based on the fruits of his own imagination, which oftentimes are pure self-projection.

In our today’s gospel, the Lord asked the people who doubted the source of his power, “If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out?” He knew that in Israel, there were exorcists who use varying means to cast out demons from people. Why must they doubt him who does the same by mere words? We live in a world where people celebrate lies and give keen attention to gory news. For some people, the truth is too real to be true.

Unfortunately, we often give up our God-given mission because of negative comments from people. We allow the disparaging chatters of busybodies to kill our passion for the best. The truth stands that, when we are doubted by detractors or those who have no legitimate claims against us, our results remain the sole evidence against their evil chatters. All we need to ascertain is that, we are on God’s side.

Moreover, the Lord said in today’s gospel, “if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom has come upon you.” those who fight the truth shall be caught unaware by the bite of their own foolishness. Hence, we must pray to be on the Lord’s side and be slow to condemn.

May the Lord give us the strength and courage to stand when men revile us. Amen.

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