Monday 30 November 2015

Tuesday of 1st week, even numbered year Mardi de la 1ère semaine, année paire

“And his teaching made a deep impression on them, because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.”

1 S.1,9-20 1S 2 Mk.1,21-28

Tuesday of 1st week, uneven numbered year

“Jesus, accompanied by his disciples, went as far as Capharnaum and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.And his teaching made a deep impression on them, because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.”

Jesus teaches with authority and heals with great goodness. He is a response to the question asked by God’s people. He cries towards God who is near, Jesus, the Word made flesh, the Word who took flesh of the Virgin Mary and was made man. Jesus really is the same God who made himself known on Sinai, approachable and mingling with the crowd, amongst a time of worship he took hold of the scroll of the scriptures to take up the Word. Jesus inaugurates a Kingdom of Peace, of Love, of Light and of Justice. We allow Him to establish his Kingdom in each one of us. He is the Saviour of humanity and we are waiting to receive from Him everything we need for our lives, our families and our communities. Our belief is that he can really save us as he saved this man in today’s gospel. We take up courage and trust again for Divine action of Jesus will never be lacking for us. By his simple presence he shines with the Love and the Light that the Kingdom of God instigates.

“Now, in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted ’What do you want with is, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know very well who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying ’Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.”

Jesus is so identified with the Word of God that his own, personal word was the Word, and his face was the visible face of God. His way of looking was absolutely full of a tenderness to such an extent that no man up until then had yet been able to express. Everyone was deeply impressed by his teaching, for he didn’t teach like the scribes, but was like someone who had authority. God took the Word amongst men, in the Person of his own Word made flesh : Jesus of Nazareth, Christ. And it was like an explosion, all those near and far were touched by the reverberating effect. His authority came form the very mystery of his Person. Scarcely would Jesus open his mouth and the forces of evil

would be struck down and annihilated by his Word. The evil spirits, through the man tied up, cried out trying to contest the Word of God made manifest in Jesus: ’What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know very well who you are : the Holy One of God!’ Jesus makes the dark evil powers, lies and hatred recoil by His very Presence. ’Get out of that man!’ Jesus says. This man is delivered from the darkness and from the misery poisoning his life.

“The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying ’Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it : he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.”

This strength of the Word of God in Jesus is always with us in his Church. We are all called to receive this strength of Love that can transform our hearts and our lives , so as to drastically change mankind in today’s world. All of the Church’s activity is the expression of a Love that seeks for the integral good of mankind ; so Love is this service that the Church brings about to go constantly ahead of the sufferings and needs, even material, of men. We want to place ourselves before the action of Jesus our Saviour. The Word of God is efficient, it has the Kingdom of God come about. The Word of God can tell when there are confusions, a mixture of things, ambiguities in which we are engaged and we can also introduce the Salvation of Jesus at the heart of our lives! We cry towards God and - He delivers us.

We ask God for the grace of conversion, may he set us free.