5th September (English)

Publié le 5 Septembre 2017

Gospel text

(Lc 4,31-37): 

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and began teaching the people at the sabbath meetings. They were astonished at the way He taught them, for his word was spoken with authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by an evil spirit who shouted in a loud voice, «What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I recognize you: you are the Holy One of God». Then Jesus said to him sharply, «Be silent and leave this man!». The evil spirit then threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him harm. Amazement seized all these people and they said to one another, «What does this mean? He commands the evil spirits with authority and power. He orders, and you see how they come out!». And news about Jesus spread throughout the surrounding area.

 

The application

The wise man knows his limit and speaks less and a stupid speak out of his ignorance, as if he has the full truth. If Jesus speaks with certitude and authority, and justly people are astonished, it is because He knows the Father and is fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. Humanly we can’t have this cognisance and comprehension, thus humility is the best way of acting. It is in humility that we can learn a lot.

The second point to be remembered today may be, identifying the source. Though the evil spirit said the Truth, the source has an evil intention. The devil tempt us in the name of common good and well-being. It present itself as the holder of truth, particularly in the creating story. Thus the original sin does get repeated in our daily life, if we fail to identify the source of any information and the intention behind it. Such evil act or thought has to be stopped right there and this is exactly Jesus has done in today’s gospel.

«They were astonished at the way He taught them, for his word was spoken with authority»

Fr. Joan BLADÉ i Piñol 
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today, we can see how his teaching activity was Jesus' central mission of his public life. Jesus' preaching, however, was very different to others, and this surprised and amazed people. Despite the fact Jesus had not studied (cf. Jn 7:15), He, certainly, befuddled the Jews with his teachings, «for his word was spoken with authority» (Lk 4:32). His style of speech had the authority of he who knows He is the “Saint of God”.

It was precisely such authority in his speech that gave strength to his language. He used living and specific images, without any syllogisms or definitions; words and images He pulled out from the very nature or, more often than not, from the Holy Scriptures. Jesus was, no doubt, a good observer, a man close to human situations: while we can watch him teaching, we can also see him so close to people doing good to them (healing their sicknesses, driving out evil spirits, etc.). In the book of everyday life He read those experiences that, later on, He would use in his teachings. Despite this elementary and “basic” material, the Lord's word was always profound and perturbing, radically new and definite.

The greatest thing about Jesus Christ's speech was how He could combine his divine authority with the most incredible human simplicity. Both authority and simplicity were possible in Jesus thanks to his knowledge of the Father and his relation of amorous obedience with Him (cf. Mt 11:25-27). It is this especial relationship with the Father that explains that unique harmony between greatness and humility. The authority of his speech did not adjust to human parameters; there was no competition, no personal interest or glitter. It was the kind of authority manifested both by the sublimity of the word and its humility and simplicity. There was never in his lips any personal praise, haughtiness or shouting. Mansuetude, gentleness, understanding, peace, truth, light, justice..., this was the aroma surrounding the authority of his teachings.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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