Gospel of Luke 11:15-26 Reflection;
In the last paragraph of this gospel, Jesus talks about the unclean spirit that goes out of a man and not able to find a home goes back to his original man. Finding the place clean and tidy the evil spirit goes and gets seven more spirits worse than himself to come and enter the man.
For years I was never able to understand this parable or apply it to my own life. Then I realised something. I have an addictive personality and every time I go off, say chocolate or ice cream, when I go back on it I go at my addiction with more gusto and force than ever before.
In Jesus' day they knew nothing of addictions. Describing a man who was seen constantly eating as having a spirit of gluttony was as good a way as any of describing it. Taking this into account I can see real meaning to this story. It could be described as being schizophrenic inside of me; I give up chocolate, drive out the spirit of gluttony for a while and when I relapse, I eat more than ever.
Jesus says “whoever is not for me is against me”. There is no room for sitting on the fence. The late Cardinal Leo J. Suenens once remarked that, faced with Jesus, one would have to take a position for or against him and that pretending not to take a position is already taking a position; that neutrality is wishful thinking and just words. Regardless of our word positions, our lives make a strong statement. In Ralph W. Emerson's words, “what you do speaks so loudly, that it does not let me hear what you say”.
Inconsistency between our words and our lives' deeds could put us in the predicament of sounding somewhat like spiritually schizophrenic: for and against