“Lift your heart to God in all matters; peace will ensue!”
~channeled from the Healing Angels
The first miracle in Mark’s Gospel introduces the important features of Jesus’ ministry that occur over and over in all of the Gospels: Sabbath, teaching, healing and authority. The first action of Jesus is teaching; the custom was for an adult male to teach in the synagogue. Jesus’ teaching was so extraordinary in that he taught with authority, rather than relying on opinions and interpretations of others. He continues to exhibit this authority by rebuking an unclean spirit. Those present in the synagogue would have been shocked by the presence of the man with an unclean spirit, for such an unholy defiled person would not be allowed in the synagogue or Temple. Rather than expelling the man, however, Jesus Rebuked the unholy unclean spirit. They recognize Jesus’ power and authority on a deeper level (and what they didn’t see was His Divine Mercy). His authority is more powerful than Sabbath teaching; Jesus extends His Power and Authority over evil. His Authority is evidence that the Kingdom of God has indeed come near. [see reference]
The Power of God and Authority of the Most High is indeed extended to each of us through the Holy Spirit. We each have the Holy Spirit and the Light of Christ in our very own hearts and when we serve God through Love, we evoke His Spirit within us. We each have God-Given authority to understand His Word and the importance to act upon it. We have the ability to teach the knowledge the is God-given and to recognize that His authority to over all evil is within us- and we do so with through His Love and through His Son, Jesus Christ. God and Jesus are with us! God loves us and wants us to understand His Word and to follow the Word of His Son Jesus Christ, who has gifted us with the Power of the Holy Spirit in all. We can do all things through Him.
Reference: Workbook For Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2018.
In Jesus Name