We hear some very abrasive language from Jesus to end today’s Gospel reading. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Jesus is accused of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons. Jesus rebukes this claim saying “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.” Essentially why would the prince of demons exorcise an evil spirit of Satan? He would be undoing work of his own house and a house that undoes each other's work cannot stand.
Now meditate on that last verse again, whoever is not with me is against me. It hits home coming out of the mouth of the Son of God. I don’t want to be against God? So how do I stay a part of his house so I’m not against him? It all goes back to love of God and neighbor.
If we constantly build up walls amongst our own and shatter relationships like glass, we will be no different than the one who hurts his own kin. Everyone is a part of the kingdom of God for the kingdom is at hand, let us help Jesus this Lent to gather the lost instead of allowing ourselves to be scattered.