February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he 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!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this? A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee. (Mark 1:21-28)
Jesus is just beginning his ministry and when he talks to the people, they can tell that he knows what he is talking about. He touches something inside of them that makes them want to listen. Then he heals the man in need of healing. And the people wonder – What will happen next? What is Jesus all about?
This week let’s listen carefully to those who speak to us – our family, our teachers, our friends. How is God speaking to us through them?