Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews 2:5-12; Psalm 8:2, 5-9 &
In today’s Gospel narrative, we hear how Jesus teaches with authority in the early stages of His public ministry. He speaks the Word of God Himself directly. He is showing His listeners that He is filled with the words of the Old Testament as well as filled with God the Holy Spirit. This is when we begin to realize that Jesus was not only a special messenger of God’s Holy Word—He is God’s Word. Today, we are witnessing the beginning of Salvation History. The unclean spirit in today’s Gospel realized it, and so do we. The demon confirms this identity and role of Christ as it recognizes Jesus as “the Holy One of God” and it is immediately obedient to the authoritative Word that Jesus speaks. But even more importantly, Jesus gains an even higher standing in the eyes of the synagogue congregation and will move on to teach, preach and heal in even greater ways.
What then does this have to do with us? I believe the answer is simple. We, too, must first let the Word of God become the nourishment we need in our lives to guide us in all that we say and do. We need to study it, pray it, love it, and let it be the law in our lives. We also need to constantly pray for the Holy Spirit to bring that Word to active life within us. Finally, we must speak and act with and in the power and authority of the Word, not in a domineering or critical way but by letting God’s light shine in all that we are and do and say. In other words, we must resemble Jesus in every way. Then, God will make Himself known to others through us, and then He will cast out the demons that we encounter in ourselves and others.
Question of the Day: How will you call on God to cast out the demons that you may encounter in yourself and others?
Prayer: Lord, teach me to be mindful of my blessings and my challenges, to be grateful for your care and your guidance. Amen.