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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

I Cor 7: 32-35

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
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!"
Jesus rebuked him and said,
"Quiet! Come out of him!"
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
"What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

 

Teaching with Authority


          We all have come to this church to worship because this is our custom and tradition.  Similarly Jesus also went into the synagogue and began to teach.    He taught them with authority, and with authority he commanded the evil spirit to ‘be silent.’ People were amazed, because Jesus was able to capture the attention and admiration of the listeners.

            This is what we heard from the Gospel of St. Mark today.   People soon noticed the change in the tone and style of teaching by Jesus compared to the teachers of the law. Jesus taught from his heart and that went straight in to the hearts of the people.  He was not scared of anything in the world. Today we are scared of everything in the world.   Once  Mr. Barack Obama, the president of United States of America, visited India as the chief guest of Republic Day Parade. Breaking the traditions and customs he chose to travel in ‘Beast’ specially designed car with high security cover.  Government of India installed 15000 CCTV cameras and took other measures for his security. We heard in the second reading from I Corinthians, people are worried and are anxious about their life.  St. Paul writes, “We must be free from anxieties.”   

          We are living in a fast developing world.   Comforts and luxuries are being multiplied.   But anxieties and worries are not minimized.    Very recently we heard about the killing of 142 school children in Peshawar in Pakistan by the terrorist groups.  In Assam also about 70 people were killed in group clashes. Who can exercise the authority to put a stop to all this man made deliberate tragedies? Is it a result of evil powers in the world?

          Albert Einstein has proved beyond doubt in his book ‘Science V/S Religio,’ published in the year 1921, that “Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart.  It is like the cold that comes when there is no heat, and the darkness that exists when there is no light.”   Evil is a word that man has created to describe the absence of God, and it does not exist in itself. If we can fill our heart, and each and every corner of our life with the love of God, evil cannot find a place to stay.    Jesus commanded “Be silent”, and the evil spirit went out of the person.    When the disciples were sailing in the stormy lake of Galilee, Jesus gave the same command, “Be silent”, and sea became calm.(Mk 4: 35-41).   Jesus had power over wind and sea.   There we find that Jesus was sleeping in the boat and the disciples were terrified. When he was aroused he scolded them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”  Let us have Jesus alive and awake in our heart.

            We know already that all authority comes from God.   Often we are not able to reflect that authority in our words and our actions, precisely because we do not have that deep God experience.    We have to pack our words and actions with the power of authenticity by our earnest effort in prayer and intimacy with God. Each and every decision we make our sermons and teachings, our life style and goals should be powered by the Spirit of God.  For the Jews it was compulsory to learn by heart the laws (Torah), and they can rattle it any time anywhere.  But they may not carry the authenticity or authority, as they do not come from their heart.   Jesus spoke about the love and mercy of God from his own heart.

         In the first reading from Deuteronomy we come across a stern warning to the people of Israel.  Even after feeding them with manna in the dessert, and giving them clean drinking water from the flinty rock, they were going after ‘other gods.’  Now we are the people of Israel, let us count our blessings and be grateful to God.  Let not the money power and attractions of the world become the ‘other gods’ for us.  We have to discover our God in our brothers and sisters. Let us fill every corner of our life with his love and mercy.  We must be ready to worship our God in our brothers and sisters and not instead of our brothers and sisters.  Let us forget our bitter experiences, and forgive our brothers and sisters so that we deserve the forgiveness from God as we resound and repeat in the Lord’s Prayer.  Then we too can teach with authority, which can come from the authentic God experience. The real love and mercy of the good Lord should be radiated and reflected in our interactions with our brothers and sisters in the church and outside the church.  

       The community we build up being the new Israel, will be the best security cover for us, and we can easily be relieved ourselves from anxieties and worries as St. Paul speaks in today’s epistle.


Fr. Sany  Kannampuzha CMI


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