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Our Lady of the Rosary

Galatians 3:7-14
Psalm 111:1-6
Luke 11:15-26

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no vacancy?

“When an unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it wanders through arid wastes searching for a resting-place.” —Luke 11:24

Many demons are homeless because Christians, using their God-given authority, have evicted them from people and neighborhoods where demons had made their homes. One might think that there are many other places for these demons. Yet sometimes demons fail to find a resting-place (Lk 11:24). Then they check their former residences or any other person or place which is “swept and tidied,” but hasn’t yet been filled with the things of God (Lk 11:25-26).

Would demons consider your life inhabitable or even ideal for occupancy? Is there a “No Vacancy” sign on your life, or do demons see your life as a prime location?  Most Christians admit that they have some things wrong in their lives. Yet they hardly consider themselves so bad that demons would love to dwell in them. Nonetheless, this perception of ourselves may itself be a work of the devil, “the father of lies” (Jn 8:44).

Just as an interior decorator may see an old, ramshackle house as having potential to become beautiful, so the devil may see a somewhat good person as having the potential to become evil. Thus, the devil may try to possess that person or at least harass him. The only way to be safe from potentially severe demonic activity is to be filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of holiness, from Whom all evil spirits flee (see 1 Cor 12:3; Gal 5:17). Therefore, be holy and offer no vacancy for demonic occupation.

Prayer:  Father, may more and more demons become homeless — and stay that way.

Promise:  “This has happened so that through Christ Jesus the blessing bestowed on Abraham might descend on the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, thereby making it possible for us to receive the promised Spirit through faith.” —Gal 3:14

Praise:  Our Lady of the Rosary was established as a feast day by Pope St. Pius V in 1573.


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