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Sunday's gospel

10th Sunday of the Pentecost 

Mathieu 12:22-32

Jesus and Beelzebub 

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 

23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" 

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons that this fellow drives out demons." 

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against it will be ruined, and every city or household divided against it will not stand.

26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?

27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 

28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. 

30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 

32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 


Meditation:
Why did Jesus heal a possessed, blind and mute man?The miracle of the healing of a possessed, blind and mute man reveals to us that Jesus takes care of humanity and heals it from any spiritual and corporeal diseases no matter how chronic and incurable they were. 
People understood the message of Jesus. They felt that he was Davidís son, in other words, the Christ. Moreover, they knew that he was doing these acts through a divine authority. 
Pharisees, instead of being the first to notice this truth, denied the presence of this divine might. However, Jesus tried to make them understand that all he does is authorized for him because he is the son of God. 
Jesus, by exorcising, wanted to warn Pharisees that the Kingdom of God was near and that his defeat of disease and evil in this miracle, predicts his total defeat of Death and darkness through his death and his resurrection. 
The obsession of power and wealth made Pharisees refuse Jesus and get away from him for he represents a great danger for them. They are the leaders of the nation which, once trusting Jesus, would abandon them. 
The reaction of Pharisees is the sign of their objection to Godís work in them instead of feeling Godís spirit which revealed to the public that Jesus, who heals the sick people and exorcises, is the son of God. 
What is the lesson that we may learn from this miracle?
The more we get close to Jesus and we obey his will, the more we become free from the vanities of this material world. He is dead and resurrected in order to deliver us from evil and from its power on us. For this reason, we accept but Jesus king of our life. He asks nothing for himself nor he rules by force but he respects our freedom and invites us to become his brothers and the sons of God.
In addition, Jesus teaches us to say the truth at any time. For this reason, we must accept the Holy Spirit for it is the spirit of truth. 
Objecting the Holy Spirit is objecting the truth. This is why Jesus warns us against the suffering we are going to face in case we choose to lie and to object the truth. 
Let us then choose to tell the truth no matter how it takes even if we will die as Jesus on the cross.