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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

February 1, 2015—Fourth Sunday-In Ordinary Time

  Mark 1:21-28

by
Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

We meet the devil in today’s Gospel. That’s because he is real, not a fantasy from medieval times. C. S. Lewis says there are two mistakes we can make about Satan. The first is to deny him, and the second is to give him too much credit. Today’s Gospel puts Satan in his proper place. First, he is real. Second, he is powerless before Jesus, the Holy One of God.

Satan still takes possession of people, especially when they invite him by occult practices like tarot cards and Ouija boards. But this is rare compared to the way he prefers to operate, hiding himself in disguise as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). 

The past week gave us two examples of the hideous evils Satan accomplishes with human helpers by disguising himself as an angel of light. January 27 was the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where German SS troops, in the name of "improving the master race," murdered hundreds of thousands. Terrorists gave the second example of darkness pretending to be light, as another victim was beheaded in a grisly videotaped murder claimed to be an act of service to God.

The devil worked at Auschwitz and he works through terrorism. But he also operates under the disguise of an angel of light in our own land. Every year Satan causes the murder of a million unborn babies in the United States. And abortion is claimed to be a good thing, "a woman’s right." Satan attacks the sacredness of family life by claiming that it is a "human right" for marriage to be something George Washington and Abraham Lincoln could never have imagined. Satan takes away religious freedom from most of our population under the mask of "political correctness."

And Satan attacks those who defend life, family, and religious freedom. But just as Satan has won past battles before losing wars to Jesus, so he will ultimately be defeated in the wars over life, family, and religious freedom.

The Miraculous Medal, like today’s Gospel, tells the truth about the devil. He is real, as dangerous as a serpent. He will be defeated by Jesus, for while Satan may strike at the feet of Jesus and Mary, his kingdom will ultimately be crushed underfoot.

Read last week's reflection.