Jesus’ teaching authority is demonstrated concretely when a man possessed by an unclean spirit interrupts the lesson and asks, “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.”
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O Lord, our great healer, may my words and deeds be a balm for those who are discouraged. Guide me to words that will comfort their spirits. Amen.
Grammarians study the behavior of language. When a writer places one word beside another, a behavior is constructed that stimulates our faculties of reason, sense, and imagination. Language is the medium through which God’s desires are expressed, and the grammar of God’s holy will for us is revealed in this week’s readings through the prophetic words spoken by Moses, the lyrics of praise written by a psalmist, the correspondence of Paul to the church in Corinth, and the Gospel according to Mark. These four grammars share a common antecedent in Divine Mystery, the grammar of God’s covenant that no person can diagram definitively. When reading these passages from Holy Scripture, hear and hold the words for the ways they stimulate your faculties and the textures of meanings they have acquired through the ages.
Read Deuteronomy 18:15-20. To whom or to what setting do you turn when you yearn to hear God’s voice?
Read Psalm 111. For what are you praising God today? How have you experienced God’s steadfast love recently?
Read 1 Corinthians 8:1-13. What do you think of Paul’s statement, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up”? Can you think of examples of this in your everyday life?
Read Mark 1:21-28. How do you react to the concept of authority? How does the authority of Jesus differ from the authority we may encounter in the world?
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