Gospel of Luke 11:15-26 Reflection:
It is strange how some things never change. In today’s gospel we read how after Jesus has driven out a demon, the Pharisees say that it is through the power of the devil that he does this work. Jesus answers simply by asking if that is so, how do the Pharisee’s own men drive out devils.
The important point here is that there are people who are just not going to believe in Jesus or God or the Christian life: they have closed their minds and by doing so they have blotted out the spirit of life.
As Christians, we find such an attitude almost impossible to understand. For us who are willing to believe God makes the act of believing very simple and we can see how the world and all that is in it only makes sense if there is a God.
We speak of an ‘act of faith’ when we say that we believe something. There is a hint in this statement as to what happens to those who refuse to believe. It seems that they make an ‘act of unfaith’ or simply a decision not to believe.
Belief in God is natural, it is as natural as breathing or talking. That is why we always hear a person say that “I became an atheist,” they were not born that way. Again we are back to a decision made in pride, that I shall decide for myself that there is no God and that I do not have to believe in him.
No matter what Jesus did, the Pharisees were not going to believe in him: there are still plenty of them about today!