‘But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you’. This perhaps puzzling phrase – ‘the finger of God’ – is rarely used in either the Old or New Testaments. We come across it in the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments, written on tablets of stone ‘by the finger of God’. Again, in the New Testament, in the account of the woman taken in adultery, Jesus writes ‘with His finger’ upon the ground. In sacred art, in the massive fresco of the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, we see the finger of God stretched out toward the newly-created Adam. Creator, Lawgiver, Caster-out of demons; surely rich imagery for our contemplation. May the presence of Christ, present at the dawn of Creation, Word Incarnate and the One who cleanses us of all evil, be truly with us this day, and bless us.