This week Mass readings have focused much on Jesus healing by casting out demons. Have you noticed how often the reading is about this — deliverance, healing — but how frequently (and unfortunately) the sermon that follows sidesteps this aspect?
Jesus didn’t just heal. He healed, in many cases, perhaps the large majority, by ridding darkness from the person.
That’s a lesson for us to ponder. “I do will it. Be made clean,” is in today’s Gospel (Mark 1:40-45). Even leprosy!
Two “takeaways” (to use the current vernacular): His power. When we have Jesus next to us, in front of us, behind us — when we beseech Him (as always we should; as daily if not hourly if not more frequently we should) — anything is possible if He so wills, and darkness, if we are really focused on Him, if we are purifying (being “made clean”), has far less opportunity to infest, sicken, or harass.
The second: wrong spirits sully us. Make us dirty. We dirty ourselves with sin.
The reading for Wednesday (January 11, 2023): “When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him” (Mark: 1:29-39).
Demons flee from Christ en masse.
The reading for Tuesday (January 10, 2023): “In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ Jesus rebuked him and said, ‘Quiet! Come out of him!'” (Mark 1:23-26), and just like that, with a loud cry, the dark spirit was gone.
If so we know that with Christ, we can be freed from anything.