"The seventy-two returned in jubilation saying, 'Master, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.' " —Luke 10:17
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and praised His Father. He was so excited because His Father hid things from the learned and the clever and revealed these things to the merest children (Lk 10:21).
The apostles had just returned, impressed because they could overcome demons in Jesus' name. They had shot Satan right out of the sky and had "power to tread on snakes and scorpions and all the forces of the enemy" (Lk 10:18-19).
This victory over Satan seems to be what was revealed to the merest children and hidden from the learned and the clever. This same situation persists to the present day. Most of the learned and sophisticated, even among religious leaders, are largely unaware of Satan's power. The evil one easily manipulates them and they exercise little or no power over him. They are in the dark and have hidden themselves from the truth.
Little people — uneducated "backward" people — are not given much respect in our society. Yet by faith they command great respect from the fallen archangel Lucifer, who trembles and cowers as these little people wield their God-given authority.
Will you be a sophisticated loser or a simple faith-filled victor?
Prayer: Father, may I not build walls of pride to hide myself from the Truth.
Promise: "I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be hindered." —Jb 42:2
Praise: Millie made a habit of praying a rosary with her children in times of duress to help re-establish peace in her household.
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our tape Pride and Faith on audio AV 64-1 or video V-64.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.