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WHAT WAS DONE IN THE FLESH IS ACCOMPLISHED DAILY IN THE CONVERSION OF BELIEVERS (LK 11:14-23)

05 Mar

Homily of St Bede the Venerable on Luke 11:14-23

This man possessed with a devil was, according to Matthew, not only dumb but also blind; and he was cured by the Lord, we are told, so that he both spoke and saw.

Three miracles

Three miracles, therefore, were wrought upon this one man at one and the same time: blind, he saw; dumb, he spoke; possessed, he was delivered from the devil.

What was done according to the flesh is accomplished daily in the conversion of believers; in the first place, the devil is driven out and they behold the light of faith; then their mouths, which before were dumb, are set free to sing the praises of God.

But some of them said: “He casts out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils.” This was not said by any among the multitude, but it was the Scribes and Pharisees who maligned him, as the other Evangelists bear witness.

– St Bede the Venerable, Bk. 4. Ch. 48, on Luke, Ch. 11, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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