4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 II: 1 Cor 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

21 And they went into Caper'na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit;
24 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."
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

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Jesus teaches and heals us so that we can enter the new Kingdom of God.

  1. What are some of my evil spots that Jesus needs to heal with his words and deeds?
  2. How do I react to Jesus: with astonishment, with excitement because he can heal me, or with the fear that I have to change my somewhat comfortable old life?
  3. Am I still astonished by Jesus’ words and deeds that truly touch my life? Can I recall a recent example of that astonishment?

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