Reflections - January 28, 2018

“He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”  Mk. 1:27.
Today the Gospel gives us a teaching about the goodness and mercy of God in our life and in others.
Jesus preached in the synagogue of Capernaum on the Sabbath and the Word of God says, “The people were astonished at His teaching”.  For these people that listened He was someone that taught “with authority” but saw nothing else.  Only one man that was possessed by evil was able to recognize that Jesus was “the Holy One of God”.
There are two attitudes towards Jesus.  The first group in the synagogue saw only Jesus, a good preacher.  In the case of the “demonized and rejected” one, he was able to see his “darkness” and what others did not see with profound humility.  He saw the authority of the Son of God who liberated him from the evil that oppressed him.
The teaching for us as baptized sons and daughters of God is:
Do we see the living and risen Christ acting through His Words and through His works to change our lives?  What must I liberate myself from to be able to see Jesus acting in my community, my family, and in my life?
Am I open to the Lord’s Mercy?  Or on the contrary do I only listen to His Word without letting it touch my heart.  Do I humbly recognize my darkness, my smallness, and my poverty?
Let us pray to the Lord in the Eucharist that listening to the Word of God will make us recognize where my blindness is.  That listening to it will allow us to see when we do not recognize our own powerlessness that does not let us recognize God’ Mercy.  Here I leave you with the antiphon of Psalm 95:  “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”, to be able to discern His mercy in your life and be merciful towards your brothers and sisters.