21 And they went into Capernaum; 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.
Today let us look at this gospel in a different way. Are we wonder struck by the power, miracle and authority of Jesus or at the person? These people are wonderstruck by seeing the way Jesus teaches and does miracle. They see Jesus as a simple person, just like one among them. They are not able to see beyond what they see. Thus one day they will raise against Jesus.
It is in this attitude towards Jesus as God, a great wonderworker or a powerful God that many of us loose our heart and faith, particularly when things go wrong in our personal life. If we look at Jesus as a gift from God and we in turn become another Jesus for our brothers and sisters, becoming a divine gift by giving ourselves for the glory of God that we become active participators of the divine mission.
It is not enough that we remain simple spectators wondering the marvellous work of God in our time, but becoming ourselves participative in the accomplishment of the will of the Father, just like Jesus who had the joy doing the work of the Father. How to participate in this mission? Simply remaining coherent to what is desired, spoken and lived in our lives, according the evangelical values that Jesus teaches us through the Gospel, we can respond positively becoming in turn the true teachers of divine realities. In this faithfulness we too can teach with authority and our words will be accompanied by wonderful deeds.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Knowing without loving, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"Those words show clearly that the demons had much knowledge, but entirely lacked love. They dreaded receiving their punishment from him. They did not love the righteousness that was in him. He made himself known to them to the extent he willed; and he willed to be made known to the extent that was fitting. But he was not made known to them as he is known to the holy angels, who enjoy participation in his eternity, in that he is the Word of God. To the demons he is known as he had to be made known, by striking terror into them, for his purpose was to free from their tyrannical power all who were predestined for his kingdom and glory, which is eternally true and truly eternal. Therefore, he did not make himself known to the demons as the life eternal, and the unchangeable light which illuminates his true worshipers, whose hearts are purified by faith in him so that they see that light. He was known to the demons through certain temporal effects of his power, the signs of his hidden presence, which could be more evident to their senses, even those of malignant spirits, than to the weak perception of human beings. (excerpt from CITY OF GOD 9.21)