In my last article for the Register, I focused on the role of the Guardian Angels, particularly in the life and ministry of priests in this trying time in which we find ourselves. This reflection on the guardian angels led me to then reflect on the Lord Jesus and his encounters with the demons, those fallen angels, whom he encounters time and again in his earthly ministry.
Driving out demons is an action that the Lord performs in all of the Gospels. However, in a few accounts of this action, which is one of the key ways that the Lord Jesus uses to demonstrate the inbreaking of the Kingdom of God, we learn of an interesting detail: the demons know who he is. They, like Peter in his confession in Matthew 16, indicate clearly the identity of the Lord. “You are the Son of God.” And, although Luke’s Gospel, does not have St. Mark’s “Messianic Secret,” which basically means (and I write this in New York-ese: ) “Don’t say nothing about nothing to nobody until I tell you,” we clearly read that the Lord rebukes the demons also in Luke, not permitting them to speak.
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