Reflection on Mark 1:21-28 ~
This scripture passage has countless times let me bring Jesus’s response to top of mind when something someone did was bothering me, I was angry, or agitated for no reason. When I am strong in my faith, Jesus helps me to boldly rebuke the forces that do not want me to be calm, at peace or to love. I have had tough times when my faith alone is not enough to create silence, so I must seek out a person who I believe has the authority of Jesus inside.
Mark 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Man with an Unclean Spirit
21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and 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.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Thank you for meditating on this daily reading of the Gospel and considering this reflection on Mark 1:21-28.