LUKE 10:17-24 The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” ======================================== Imagine the scene. The 72 disciples have been sent out to preach and to heal in Jesus’ name. They rejoice as they recount to Jesus, “even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus is not surprised by the account because He had entrusted them with power over demons, serpents and scorpions. But Jesus warned them not to get caught up in these healings. He told them to “rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Jesus has given you and me, His disciples, this same power and authority over demons, serpents and scorpions. He calls us to trust in Him and call upon Him in our need. At the same time, Jesus does not want us to get too arrogant about what we can do in His name. These are all gifts from God. We should rejoice in our identity as His beloved sons and daughters. That is what is most important – that Jesus has a place prepared for each one of us in heaven.
Then Jesus prayed to the Father in the Holy Spirit, praising God for His goodness and love. God has given all things to Jesus and to whomever Jesus chooses to reveal it to as well. In other words, all is gift. Let us pray today to Jesus that He may reveal Himself to us and give us the power and authority to do all things in His name.
Am I aware of the gifts that God has given me?
Do I exercise the power and authority that God has given me?
Do I pray in all humility for these graces from God?
Do I allow the gifts of God to cause pride in me?
Have a blessed day!