Subject: Daily Gospel Reading - Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Saturday in the Twenty Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”

18 Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan having fallen like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, don’t rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21 In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.”

22 Turning to the disciples, he said, “All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him.”

23 Turning to the disciples, he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see, 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see the things which you see, and didn’t see them, and to hear the things which you hear, and didn’t hear them.”

Luke 10:17-24 - World English Bible

When the seventy returned, they marveled at the power of Jesus' name over demons. This implied two points: 1) in ancient society, one's name revealed one's presence and power, and 2) the exorcisms by the disciples foreshadowed the cosmic battle for the end times. The seventy acted as an extension of Jesus himself; their fight over evil became his. Indeed, the fall of Satan at the beginning of time (Isaiah 14:12-14) would repeat at the end of days (Revelation 20:7-10). The seventy stood as the vanguard of God's army in the battle before the final judgment.

In response to their news, Jesus thanked his Father for his revelation, a wisdom not like that of the world. Notice the Father's message was for the children, the least in society, thus upending the expectations of the learned and self proclaimed “wise.” The Lord gave that message to his disciples, words of Kingdom that “prophets and kings” longed to hear, a revelation of intimacy between the Father and his Son.

If we experience the intimacy of the Son with his Father, we encounter the power of God. How have you sensed that power in your life today?

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