In today’s Gospel we see that Christ was teaching those around him in a new way.
We must remember that the time of Jesus’ ministry was one of wonder workers. They would have been on most street corners, shouting in the streets, being heard by a people who took spiritual life extremely seriously. So, for Jesus’ healings, miracles and exorcisms to make such an impact gives us a sense of just how incredible his works would have come across to his followers.
But, it is not only the miracles that made Jesus stand out. It was his authority. Christ had an extraordinary impact because of the sincerity of his words, the authority of his teachings. We can see this in the Gospels which are a record of just a small aspect of his teaching.
Through our baptism in Christ, we are called and inspired to live in the light and clarity of that same authority that Jesus demonstrated over two thousand years ago.
With the teachings that have been passed down to us, it is well worth considering: what impression does our faith make on those we come into contact with? And, are we making an impression beyond our own small life bubble, having an impact on those who may sometimes be forgotten? The homeless, the downtrodden, those in distress, and even those we simply do not like: are we bringing the authority and beauty of Christ to these people, too? Are we open to living as Christ?
We are called to be like Jesus. Perhaps, over the coming days, we can look with fresh eyes at the Gospels and question ourselves: how are we making that Godly impression on this broken world? May we, with the strength of Christ, love him and broadcast his love to all, with authority and grace.
The Lord be with you
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (1:21-28)
Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted,
‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are: the Holy One of God.‘
But Jesus said sharply,
‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant.
‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’
And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.