January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)

St. Benet Biscop

Tuesday of the First Week

1 Sm 1:9-20 • 1 Sm 2 • Mk 1:21-28


21Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. 22The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. 23In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; 24he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” 26The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. 27All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” 28His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.


The usual reaction of people who hear Jesus’ preaching is one of amazement: he is not like the scribes; he teaches with authority (cf Lk 4:32; Mt 7:28-29).

The power of Jesus’ words is demonstrated when he silences an unclean spirit and orders him to come out of the demoniac. The evil spirit obeys and comes out of the man. Jesus has authority even over unclean spirits, an authority the people have not witnessed. Jesus uses his authority to free those enslaved by evil spirits, not for his own glory.

As baptized Christians, we share in the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus. We need purity of intention to carry out this mission.

In your exercise of any form of authority, do you liberate or enslave other people?

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