“All were amazed and asked one another, ‘What is this?'”

Continuing in Mark (1:21-28), as we will be doing for months on weekdays, Jesus comes with His followers to Capernaum.  There He teaches with authority in the synagogue astonishing those present.  A possessed man in that place calls out Jesus as the “Holy One of God” at which Jesus rebukes the spirit to be silent and come out of the man.  The demon is expelled causing even more amazement from the witnesses regarding His authority over unclean spirits.  This last act evoked from the bystanders the words in the headline.  Might it not be good if we were able to bring out such comments from those who observe us as well?  Not that we should ever desire accolades for our good works, right actions, or truthful words.  We must remain humble and give the glory to the One whose graces make truly good actions possible.  But we must not be afraid to do or say the unexpected when it is required of us by God.  Idle gossip starting?  Walk away, say something nice about the person who is targeted, or change the conversation.  The Catholic Church or Christianity in general being attacked?  Know the Faith well enough to defend it.  A controversial hot button issue causing anger and division?  Be able to explain on a natural and supernatural level the proper understanding of the matter.  And so on.  We heard yesterday about the first men called to be apostles and how this calling (“to be sent”) is for us as well.  They were called to not be afraid (“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God [Is 41:10]) in the midst of trials, tribulations, and adversity to spread the truth in love.  “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31).  “Take courage; be stouthearted!”  (Ps 27:14).

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