In the first reading, God is talking directly to his people and he tells them to listen and live their lives according to what they were told by the prophets. As this reading develops, it is imperative that if they don’t begin to follow the will of the LORD, then they are not faithful to him. This word faithfulness, is one that they have lost sight of because, they have hardened their hearts.
In the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus is casting out demons. He encounters a man who can’t speak therefore Jesus casts out the demon inside the man thus allowing the mute man to have the ability to speak. As the people witnessed this they didn’t understand how Jesus could perform such a miracle and so they began to say that he had help from the God’s that they knew about. They said that he had assistance from, “Beelzebul, the prince of demons.” This is how they made sense of what was going on in their time. Today we do the same thing of attempting to relate an event to something that we already know of which makes it easier for us to remember and relate to that event.
Rachel Alcocer, a Senior Political Science major with a Theology minor serves as a Student Minister in University Ministry. She assists specifically with Residence Hall ministry and outreach. She is involved in many other activities and organizations on campus including, UPC, SOA, Beta Sigma Phi, Rattler Awakening, Emerging Leaders, Admissions Emissaries, and All Greek Council