Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday, January 28, 2018 Week Four of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  Then they came to Capernaum, and on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught…   In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; 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!”  Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”  The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.  All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority.  (Mark 1: 21; 23-25) How shall I live this Word? With the healing of the man possessed by an unclean spirit, Mark, whose Gospel will accompany us during this liturgical year (B), begins his account of Jesus’ public life and introduces the basic question in his Gospel: “Who is Jesus”?  Two responses come immediately with clarity: Jesus teaches and heals.  He is the Teacher and also the Doctor. He is the Teacher, teaching in the Synagogue.  Mark tells us that His teaching struck His listeners with its ‘newness’...

Tuesday, Week One Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Week One of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  Then they came to Capernaum, and on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.  The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.  In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; 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!”  Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”  The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.      (Mark 1: 21-26) How shall I live this Word? When the evil one feels threatened, it bursts forth with great strength.  Jesus battles against evil with His word and action.  Human ills are the various alienations in which people are not what they should be and are dependent.  Humans are alienated when they do not fulfill themselves, because they are not in harmony with themselves or with others or with things.  They fall under their own weight or that of others, or of...