To­day’s Gospel read­ing:

Luke 11:15-26

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When Je­sus had driven out a de­mon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelze­bul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Oth­ers, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Ev­ery king­dom di­vided against it­self will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is di­vided against him­self, how will his king­dom stand? For you say that it is by Beelze­bul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelze­bul, by whom do your own peo­ple drive them out? There­fore they will be your judges. But if it is by the fin­ger of God that I drive out demons, then the King­dom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his pos­ses­sions are safe. But when one stronger than he at­tacks and over­comes him, he takes away the ar­mor on which he re­lied and dis­trib­utes the spoils. Who­ever is not with me is against me, and who­ever does not gather with me scat­ters.

“When an un­clean spirit goes out of some­one, it roams through arid re­gions search­ing for rest but, find­ing none, it says, ‘I shall re­turn to my home from which I came.’ But upon re­turn­ing, it finds it swept clean and put in or­der. Then it goes and brings back seven other spir­its more wicked than it­self who move in and dwell there, and the last con­di­tion of that man is worse than the first.”

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