Fr. Scott led our Holy Communion Service on this Third Sunday in Lent. His sermon expanded on The Gospel lesson from Luke 11 in which Jesus cast out a demon from a person. Some of the witnesses accuse Jesus of casting out the demon in the name of Beelzebub but Jesus points out the absurdity of their accusation. In his sermon, Fr. Scott points out no one at that time had any doubts that the demon existed. However, today many people struggle with the idea that demons and evil exist. Demons are created creatures able to cause all kinds of trouble in our lives. While Satan has lost the war, he and his demons are trying to take as many people with them as possible. Fr. Scott reviewed the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues we can use to fight them. We need to remember that while evil is real, we can trust in our Baptism which has infused our soul with God's Grace and in the Eucharist where we receive Jesus Christ along with his hard won Grace. He closed with the Prayer to St. Michael:
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Fr. Scott's complete sermon can be found at the following link at the 22 min 45 second mark.