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January 12, 2021

Mk 1: 21-28

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.

Do we take Jesus seriously?

It is not sufficient for us simply to know who Jesus is. Even the unclean spirits know this. In today’s Gospel reading, the unclean spirit proclaims, correctly, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Holy One of God. If we decide to follow Jesus and claim the identity of Christians, then our response must include more than stating who he is, the Son of God.

If we decide to follow Jesus, we must take to heart both his teachings and his actions. When we do this, we are sure to be astounded, for Jesus proclaims a radical love that defies the expectations of the world. “Blessed are the poor,” “Love your enemies,” and “Forgive those who have wronged you,” are but a few of the difficult teachings that Jesus unhesitatingly both taught and lived.

So we should ask ourselves: do we take Jesus seriously enough to let his teachings astound us?

How might he be calling you to engage some of his more challenging teachings more fully?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Jesus, teacher and model of love, give me courage to embrace all that you taught with an open heart. Help me to trust in your authority and to love others with the same humble, compassionate love that you demonstrated in word and deed.

I ask this in your most Holy Name. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


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January 12, 2021

Mk 1: 21-28

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.

Do we take Jesus seriously?

It is not sufficient for us simply to know who Jesus is. Even the unclean spirits know this. In today’s Gospel reading, the unclean spirit proclaims, correctly, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Holy One of God. If we decide to follow Jesus and claim the identity of Christians, then our response must include more than stating who he is, the Son of God.

If we decide to follow Jesus, we must take to heart both his teachings and his actions. When we do this, we are sure to be astounded, for Jesus proclaims a radical love that defies the expectations of the world. “Blessed are the poor,” “Love your enemies,” and “Forgive those who have wronged you,” are but a few of the difficult teachings that Jesus unhesitatingly both taught and lived.

So we should ask ourselves: do we take Jesus seriously enough to let his teachings astound us?

How might he be calling you to engage some of his more challenging teachings more fully?

Justin Prom, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Jesus, teacher and model of love, give me courage to embrace all that you taught with an open heart. Help me to trust in your authority and to love others with the same humble, compassionate love that you demonstrated in word and deed.

I ask this in your most Holy Name. Amen.

—Justin Prom, SJ


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