When my daughter was younger, she loved to watch Scooby Doo. Her favorite episode was the one that she identified as, “The Creeper.” He was a zombie-like creepy villain that was scaring lots of townsfolk until the meddling kids from the Mystery Machine showed up. “I am the Creeeeper” I would say with my arms out in front of me and pretend to chase her like the character. She would squeal and run away in a giggle, returning quickly as I popped the video in (Yes, back in the VHS days). I always thought it was a little comical that the little girl that didn’t like scary things liked to be scared by the “Creeper.” The reality was, he really wasn’t that scary. She knew it was a mask. That made his zombie-like moaning, “I am the Creeeper, the Creeeeeper,” just plain funny sounding.
In one of the verses in today’s readings, however, I was just plain creeped out!
Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. [Luke 4:41]
It makes my skin crawl to think of shouting zombie-like voices saying something intelligent. It is funny when they moan their supposedly scary name. It is downright creepy when they acknowledge fearfully what so many refuse to see or ignore. They were trying to expose the plan of the Incarnation before it was time, in hopes of ruining God’s design for salvation. Their disobedience was temporary. A direct command from the Messiah was undebatable. To be honest, this scares me a good bit too. Such power and authority over all aspects of the created Universe is more than my little heart or mind can handle.
Pray today for those who hands and minds are gifted with healing abilities and for those who promote obedience in our society.