And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Here is a challenge to the clergy, a measure to apply to our own lives. Just as surely as frequent Communion requires all Christians to remain in a right relationship with God, this little test is a healthy way for priests to keep spiritually fit. This comes from me, a priest who lives in a highly visible rectory where the people from the town, all of the people of the town, may find me with ease- and where some have.
What do you do if that unexpected person comes to you with a credible case of demon activity- perhaps the possession of person or place? Do you fear to take action? Do you have that secret place reserved for sin that prevents you from taking on the enemy? Do you lack faith and therefore courage? Have you been failing in the life of prayer accompanied by a reasonable amount of fasting?
If you say yes to any of those questions, then you need to shape up now, whether this particular test comes your way or not.