“What is this? A new teaching with authority.”

This Sunday we again jump back to the first chapter of Mark (1:21-28 — continuing from last Sunday).  In this reading, Jesus enters the synagogue in Capernaum on a sabbath to teach.  Here the demons possessing a man confront Jesus, crying out His true identity as “the Holy One of God.”  Jesus teaching and His exorcism of the demons amazes those present.  It is said that Jesus “taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.” (v. 27)  Later in the passage, this sentiment is repeated after Jesus expels the demons.  As God, Jesus could speak and command on His own authority.  We are fortunate in that we have the Church Christ established, and of which He is the head, as an authority when we teach or explain the Faith, and as a sure touchstone when we encounter teaching or claims about the Faith.  The fullness of revealed truth about God can be found in this “indefectibly holy” (Lumen Gentium, 39) institution in which Jesus promised to be with us always. (cf. Mt 28:20)


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