Binding the Strong Man - In the Gospel
In Matthew, Chapter 12, Our Lord discusses "binding the strong man" and plundering his goods. Read the passage here (v. 29):
"Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house."This is a fascinating passage and one to which St. Thomas Aquinas adds beautiful commentary. Here is another preview from Slaying Dragons where I discuss this passage. Enjoy and share.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Our Lord says, “How can one enter in-to a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” St. Thomas Aquinas presents the understanding of this passage, collecting the wisdom of the great minds in the Church. He says that Our Lord has entered the house of Satan, the “strong man,” and has bound him. Thus conquered, Satan is unable to defend his spoils and Our Lord has taken them away. These spoils are the souls who have been bound by the demons. Our Lord comes not to simply bind the demons but the prince of demons also. By thus casting out all the demons, He is also prophesying that He “will take away all error out of the world, and dissolve the craft of the Devil; and He says not rob, but spoil, showing that He will do it with power.” This binding also means that He has “taken away from him all power of hindering the faithful from following Christ, and gaining the kingdom of heaven.”Publishing date is set for the Feast of the Archangels and the book should be available on the Feast of the Guardian Angels! Please say a prayer for a successful launch of the book.
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