We are fortunate to live in enlightened times. We no longer believe that invisible demons surround us or inhabit us, causing suffering. Little red devils, with horns and tails, have been banished to the realms of superstition, along with much else. We no longer shrink in fear the way people in Jesus’ time did, for we know that there are no demons.
Granted, our modern world has car bombs and sexual predators, starvation and suicides. There is callous indifference, monumental egos, and silent heartbreak. There are lies. We live in a world where even young children are subject to random violence.
But it’s not just “out there”… there is that thing you did awhile back, that you want desperately to keep secret. There’s that other thing you wish you could go back and undo. There are people who hurt you, and people you’ve hurt. There is gnawing uncertainty about what your future will bring.
But at least there aren’t demons anymore.
Dear Lord, You cast out the demons of every age. Your light shines into the dark corners of every soul. Free me from my demons… then do so again tomorrow.
Patrick Walsh, Professor of Economics
First Reading: Jeremiah 7:23-28
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Gospel: Luke 11:14-23
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website