3 July 2016 TRINITY 6
Isaiah 66.10-14 Galatians 6. 1-16 Luke 10.1-11, 16-20
said; I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven (Lk 10.18)
This myth is one way to account for the presence of evil in the world. It isnít strictly dualism, for Satan is not the equal of God and God can triumph over him. Jesus on the cross defeated Satan once and for all, as witnessed by his resurrection.
In the Gospel we heard that Jesus rejoiced because the seventy messengers had won a victory over Satan when they proclaimed the Gospel of Godís kingdom, brought near by Jesus. We are told they went to at least 35 places ahead of Jesus and, like him, were able to expel demons from those afflicted by demonic possession.
in his love and mercy towards the entire human race sent his only Son to us.
He in his love and mercy sent his disciples to his people proclaiming the
good news and healing the sick.
God in his love and mercy in many ways defeats Satan.
His grace in individual people moves them to repentance. When they turn to God the angels rejoice because Satan has been defeated. When Godís grace makes men and women and even children into saints and martyrs the angels rejoice because Satan has been defeated.
todayís reading from Isaiah at Mattins there is another instance of a great
defeat of Satan by the love and mercy of God to the Jews in exile in
When in Godís love and mercy the Syrian exiles are able to return home to their devastated country they will also sing similar songs of joy at the downfall at last of Satan the father of lies and suffering.
enjoys setting people against one another and causing divisions.
He must have enjoyed the recent referendum and its aftermath. He is the
enemy of Christian unity and any movement towards Inter-Faith understanding.
God the Holy Spirit inspires all people to be of one heart and mind, to
agree where possible and to treat everyone with tolerance and generosity.
good to reflect on our memories of the past and notice occasions when by Godís
love and mercy Satan has been defeated and good triumphed.
It may be situations when we have personally been involved in that
victory or it may be things we have heard from others or in the news.
Here to end are three examples of good triumphing.
You will remember hearing about the little Japanese boy who got lost in a dense forest inhabited by bears. I think it was wonderful how many people apart from the army volunteered to search for him and eventually he was found after six days alive and well.
In Sekukuniland, where our Community once had a Priory, there is a shrine where the martyr Manche Masemola is buried. Her heathen parents beat her to death because she wanted to be a Christian. Now the shrine has been made beautiful so many will go there and have their faith strengthened by the witness of this young girl.
I saw on the TV news a film of David Beckhamís recent visit to a school and
For all these and so many more we praise and thank God our Saviour.