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.
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.
Are there things in your life that you desire but fail to pursue? What prevents you from becoming the best you?
Ever so often we find ourselves trapped in or limited by our own brokenness or past wounds. The evil spirit takes advantage of them in order to stop us from growing and flourishing into our truest selves. Today I invite you to sit for while in these moments when you fail to live out the best of yourself. What do you imagine that Jesus would say to you “with authority” about your frustration? Jesus speaks to your heart with the word has the power to cast out the unclean spirit that troubles you. Let the word sink deep into your heart and let yourself be healed, strengthened and liberated by Jesus, who loves you, even more than you love yourself.
Jesus, you are the bread of life.
You alone satisfy the hunger of my heart.
Thank you, Lord, for counting me worthy
to share this bread with others.
Fill me with your healing presence
so I am may be one with you. Amen.