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Day 156:  Jesus Casts Out Demons (2024)

Day 156: Jesus Casts Out Demons (2024)

Update: 2024-06-043
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Father Mike Schmitz begins by discussing the importance of exorcisms in a biblical worldview. He emphasizes that Jesus is not only here to heal, preach, and teach, but also to fight against the evil one. He explains that every exorcism represents Jesus reclaiming the Father's kingdom from Satan. He highlights the story of the Gerasene demoniac, where Jesus heals a man possessed by a legion of demons, demonstrating that one human being is worth more than 2,000 pigs. He then connects this to the concept of baptism, where individuals are claimed for the kingdom of God and delivered from the kingdom of the evil one. He also discusses the rise in the need for exorcisms due to a decline in baptism and an increase in people denying the faith. He then transitions to the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000, emphasizing the importance of giving what we have to Jesus, who blesses it and gives it back to us to distribute. He encourages listeners to not be afraid, even when overwhelmed, and to trust in Jesus's power to provide. He concludes by reminding listeners that they are walking with Jesus in this Messianic checkpoint of the Gospel of Mark.

Outlines

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Introduction

This Chapter introduces the Bible in a year podcast, hosted by Father Mike Schmitz, and outlines the day's readings from the Gospel of Saint Mark and Psalm 21.

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Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac

This Chapter delves into the story of Jesus healing a man possessed by a legion of demons, highlighting the significance of exorcisms in a biblical worldview and Jesus's authority over unclean spirits. It emphasizes the importance of deliverance from the kingdom of the evil one and the value of one human being over material possessions.

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Feeding the 5,000

This Chapter recounts the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. It emphasizes the importance of giving what we have to Jesus, who blesses it and gives it back to us to distribute. It encourages listeners to trust in Jesus's power to provide, even when they feel overwhelmed or lacking.

Keywords

Exorcism
The practice of driving out evil spirits or demons from a person or place. In the Bible, Jesus performs numerous exorcisms, demonstrating his authority over unclean spirits and the reality of spiritual warfare. Exorcisms are often seen as a way to liberate individuals from the dominion of Satan and bring them into the kingdom of God.

Gerasene Demoniac
A man possessed by a legion of demons, as described in the Gospel of Mark chapter 5. The story highlights the power of Jesus to heal and deliver individuals from demonic influence. The demoniac's request to be sent into a herd of pigs, which are considered unclean animals, underscores the cultural context of the story and the impact of Jesus's actions on both the possessed man and the surrounding community.

Messianic Checkpoint
A term used in the Bible in a Year podcast to refer to specific sections of Scripture that focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. These checkpoints serve as opportunities to reflect on Jesus's teachings, miracles, and interactions with others, and to draw parallels between his life and our own.

Biblical Worldview
A perspective on life and the world based on the teachings of the Bible. It encompasses beliefs about God, humanity, creation, sin, salvation, and the spiritual realm. A biblical worldview shapes how individuals understand the world around them, their place in it, and their relationship with God.

Kingdom of God
A concept in Christianity that refers to the reign of God over all creation. It is characterized by justice, peace, love, and the presence of God's Spirit. The Kingdom of God is both present in the hearts of believers and will be fully realized in the future.

Kingdom of the Evil One
A concept in Christianity that refers to the dominion of Satan over the world. It is characterized by sin, suffering, and the influence of evil spirits. The Kingdom of the Evil One is opposed to the Kingdom of God and seeks to undermine God's plan for humanity.

Baptism
A sacrament in Christianity that symbolizes the washing away of sin and the entrance into the Christian faith. It is often seen as a new birth, where individuals are cleansed from their past and receive the grace of God. Baptism is a significant event in the life of a Christian and marks the beginning of their journey of faith.

Feeding the 5,000
A miracle performed by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, where he feeds a crowd of 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. This miracle is often seen as a symbol of Jesus's power to provide for his followers and a reminder that God can provide for our needs in unexpected ways.

Q&A

  • What is the significance of exorcisms in a biblical worldview?

    Exorcisms are a crucial aspect of a biblical worldview, demonstrating Jesus's authority over unclean spirits and the reality of spiritual warfare. They represent Jesus taking back the Father's kingdom from the evil one and liberating individuals from the dominion of Satan.

  • How does the story of the Gerasene demoniac illustrate the importance of deliverance from the kingdom of the evil one?

    The story highlights the power of Jesus to heal and deliver individuals from demonic influence. The demoniac's request to be sent into a herd of pigs, which are considered unclean animals, underscores the cultural context of the story and the impact of Jesus's actions on both the possessed man and the surrounding community.

  • What is the connection between baptism and exorcism?

    Baptism is seen as a ritual where individuals are claimed for the kingdom of God and delivered from the kingdom of the evil one. In the Catholic Church, there is a right of exorcism performed during baptism, signifying the transfer of an individual from Satan's dominion to God's reign.

  • What is the message of the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000?

    The miracle emphasizes the importance of giving what we have to Jesus, who blesses it and gives it back to us to distribute. It encourages listeners to trust in Jesus's power to provide, even when they feel overwhelmed or lacking.

Show Notes

As we continue to read about Jesus' ministry, Fr. Mike focuses today on Jesus' power to cast out demons and reminds us that there is an ongoing spiritual battle for our souls. Today's readings are Mark 5-6 and Psalm 21.



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Day 156:  Jesus Casts Out Demons (2024)

Day 156: Jesus Casts Out Demons (2024)

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