“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
remain close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how
you can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.
A Teacher Unlike Any Other
Ordinary 4 Year A Mark 1: 21 — 28
1. The Greek text of this passage suggests that our Lord hastened, with
eagerness, to the synagogue service. Despite the difficulties His preaching
would bring Him, He nevertheless sought constantly to teach the people what
they really needed to know. This urgency is a particular feature of those
genuinely appointed by God to impart spiritual knowledge. Nothing is allowed
to get in the way, or to hijack or divert attention from this divine vocation.
Sadly, many people are not seeking what God wishes to impart, but rather,
and increasingly today, they prefer “signs and wonders” — even absurd,
ridiculous, demonic Christianity: it is paganism and needs to be identified
2. When Jesus entered the synagogue, the evil spirit was quick to get in first
and address Him as the “Holy One of God”. He did this, not to pay honour to
our Lord, but to gain “the upper hand”. Fraudulent religious-styled evangelists
will also skillfully employ lots of religious titles, phrases and jargon. However
Jesus taught pure Biblical doctrine (teaching). He was, after all, the Word of
God. He is the message! He therefore avoided “signs and wonders” where
He could convey His message in clear straightforward explanations of Sacred
Scripture, and of His way to the Father.
To benefit from His teaching, however, requires regular application to study,
reflection, discussion and meditation. This is where real growth occurs —
where real “wonders” take place within devoted souls.
3. Our Lord spoke in the tradition of the great prophets — not in the tradition
of the scribes or rabbis of the day. He “unpacked” the Scriptures for the
people, and spoke with humble authority. He delivered to the people what
He knew they needed to hear — not what they thought they wanted, or what
would appeal and entertain them. He healed, delivered and restored by both
word and action. Yet His actions were always to underpin His Word, and not
to amuse or be the main centre of attention. Jesus Christ is our Divine Word
— our Teacher, our Messiah. Blessed be His Holy Name.
Let us pray for one another.