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Day 37:  Satan Is Defeated

Day 37: Satan Is Defeated

St. Gregory Thaumaturgos once spoke wryly of the Incarnation as God’s fishing expedition to snare the Devil. For ages, Satan had gone about devouring human souls as a ferocious shark devours little fish. But now the Devil himself would become the prey. As this intriguing image pictures it, God cast Christ into the sea of the world. Satan thought Christ was just another soul, and he intended to consume Him through death as he had consumed so many others.

But Our Lord’s human nature was simply the bait. Hidden within it, unknown to the Devil, was the hook of Christ’s divine nature. Not even a shark was big enough or strong enough to swallow that.

And as we know, Satan took the bait; he stirred up Christ’s enemies to crucify Him. But the Devil got much more than he bargained for. When he tried to swallow the sinless Man at death, he hooked himself on the holy God concealed there. The Evil One knew now that he had made a fatal mistake, but it was too late. God reeled him in for good.

Maria insisted, as did those ancient Christians, that Lucifer was blinded by his own pride to the reality of Christ’s true identity until the end of His life. God was working through the humble Carpenter of Nazareth to accomplish the total overthrow of the kingdom of darkness. But as St. Paul wrote, “None of the [demonic] rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).

Maria’s vision takes us to that moment, as Jesus was dying, when the hosts of hell finally figured out what was going on. Despite their maniacal rage at having been outwitted and defeated, they were powerless to resist divine judgment. God’s justice snatched them out of this world and cast them into an eternal torment of their own making. At long last, the human race could be free.

And so we pray, Jesus, forgive us of our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

From the Visions of Venerable Mary of Agreda

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