For the 4th Sunday -
A Homily for 2.1.15
from Mark 1:21-28
edited from a
a Homily posted 1.29.12
THE Lectionary Gospel reading for today comes from St. Mark's Gospel, and it is a lesson in the authority and the power of the living and risen Christ.
St. Mark takes us to a Capernaum synagogue on the sabbath and lets us see Jesus amaze his hearers as one who taught with authority -- "that is one who needed no external support for his words." (Lamar Williamson) But apparently, Jesus authority didn't stop with his teaching. No, his authority extended to the vanquishing of an unclean spirit -- "that is an invisible being neither human or divine and hostile to GOD" -- from a man who was present in the synagogue. (again, Lamar Williamson)
And so, in today’s homily I want us to think-through the idea of Jesus’ authority.