They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and 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.”
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
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Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the Sabbath he 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. [Mark 1: 21-22]
How do we know when we are hearing teaching that carries true authority? If teaching truly comes from God, it will resonate within us, thrill us to the core, and set our hearts on fire. Such teaching will impel us to take what we have received and give it to a needy world, thus allowing it to become a reality in our own time and place.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, we ask two things this day. We want to be like those in the synagogue who experienced the authority of your teaching. Let your Spirit embrace our spirit so your Word touches the deepest channels of our being. And let our conversations with others be infused with your authority so we can be an instrument of your faithfulness and forgiveness.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!