Tuesday in the First Week of Ordinary Time
Here at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus shows us his love by freeing a man possessed by demons. People were astonished. It had never happened before. In the whole history of Israel no prophet had ever cast out a demon. This was new. Not even David with his soothing harp could cast out the demons possessing King Saul.
But Jesus is the “Holy One of God” whose divine power is able to cast out evil spirits. Eleven times in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke we read about exorcisms. It is something we also have experienced in Baptism. Here is the prayer that cast Satan out of our hearts and gave us the Holy Spirit:
“Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your only Son into the world to cast out the power of Satan, spirit of evil, to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness, and bring us into the splendor of your kingdom of light. We pray for this child: set him (her) free from original sin, make him (her) a temple of your glory, and send your Holy Spirit to dwell with him (her). We ask this through Christ our Lord.”