March 16, 2023 –
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
Jeremiah 7:23-28 + Luke 11:14-23
“… whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
Unity is one of the four marks of the Church. When we recite the Apostles’ Creed, we profess that the Church that Jesus founded is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. Today’s Gospel passage speaks about the general sense of unity in an intriguing way, yet also in a way that we can apply to the life of the Church.
Jesus’ words today are intriguing because He directly contrasts His own followers and those who follow Satan. Jesus rhetorically asks: “if Satan is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand?” If you’ve ever pondered the course of salvation history, you might have puzzled over why God has given to Satan such great reign over mankind. Why does God allow Satan to exist at all, much less to have such sway over human lives and human history?
We may not know until the end of time all the reasons for God’s providential allowance of evil within this world. Nonetheless, Satan and his legions are divided, for it’s in the very nature of evil and those who serve evil to be self-centered and incapable of working towards unity in any lasting manner. God is one, and those who serve God and sacrifice themselves for His holy will will become, by His grace, united to Him.