Thought for the Day: This seems to be a common attack on Jesus, suggesting that for Jesus to have the authority to cast out demons, he must have a demon connection himself. I can just imagine people in the crowd saying, “I’ve never thought of that, but it makes complete sense to me.” Throughout history, people of power have been amazingly good at redirecting the attention of others from what was really occurring. Jesus had been healing people left and right, and then he followed it by casting out a demon. People whose lives had been broken, people who had lived in the shadows because of an ailment, were suddenly set free. I can only imagine joy and holy elation from those who were made whole, but with only a few words a rumor was started that had the potential of undermining the good that had been done. Change was coming, yet the guardians of the old rules etched in stone were willing to do whatever was necessary to make sure change was thwarted. They were only mildly successful.
Prayer: Let me join the voices of joy wherever wholeness is experienced. Let me be about your work, Creative God, by keeping the Body of Christ focused on the good things you are doing among us. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge