January 28, 2018
(4th Sunday, Ordinary Time, B)
Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority . . . Mk_1:21-28
What does “one having authority” look like, beloved? Why is it so easy to differentiate the one having authority from the one who simply reports to Him?
Jesus had the authority because He understood the Scriptures from an experienced viewpoint. One exhibiting authority is generally the one who has that confidence of knowing the answers. And when that answer is not immediately forthcoming, they know exactly where to find it. Jesus had the authority to understand the Scriptures. He had the authority to expel demons. He had the authority to heal illnesses. And He had the authority to teach in the Name of His Father, because He and the Father were ONE!
Now, maybe we have the authority in whatever job we work, day in and day out. Maybe we have the authority to teach our children the joys and pitfalls of life. But Jesus wants us to also have the authority, like Him, to teach others about God’s love, about the Kingdom that He promises along with His Father.
When we get to know Jesus, beloved; when we get to know God intimately through the Scriptures, we WILL develop that authority. And when we become immersed in God’s love, we will naturally have that authority and it will emanate from everything we say and do!
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