He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Let us alone! 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!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“What is there about his word?” is the reaction of Jesus’ onlookers. He speaks and acts with an authority which is different from the scribes and Pharisees with whom they are familiar. The power of his word drives out evil spirits. What do you imagine he sounded like?
Throughout our day, there are a myriad of voices that clamor for our attention, and through prayer and reflection we must pick out the voice of the Lord. This is the voice which strikes us as trustworthy, and which always reminds us that God is our Creator and our ultimate End. Pray for the grace to hear it!
More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
The initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
To know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.
—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.