Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
The Finger of God
We are forged in the Divine image
crafted by strong unseen hands
molded on the wheel of life
and beckoned to life by spirit.
The shape of our lives holy
the steps we take a dance of love
the heart that beats is infinite
and the flesh is withering away.
Like leaves caught in the wind
we dance and swirl in our time
we are bound together in a crimson pile
all together the Creator's hand.
So we can chose to love divinely
summoning strength and courage
deep from within the heart of God
delight and joy await being born.
The finger of God traces our outlines
signals us to the circle again
taps out a rhythm on the drums
and starts our hearts again with love infused.