Jesus is Powerful

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 12, 2021 Tuesday WORD of the DAY  All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him. (Mark 1: 27) How shall I live this Word?   In this inaugural manifestation of Jesus, three moments follow one another in close connection with each other. Jesus is the one who teaches with authority, then manifests His power over demons, and thirdly, heals the sick. This threefold action arouses fear and wonder at the same time. But feelings must mature in an adhesion of faith. If they stop at the sensational, or at the amazement, they are altered. Instead of opening to reality, they create walls of defense. The authority of Jesus is new, generative: He arouses faith, refuses applause. The demons instead, who feel threatened, aim to create confusion, misunderstanding: they loudly proclaim the identity of Jesus, while He imposes silence. In fact, as powers of lies, they interfere between human beings and the Creator, between  persons and their neighbors. Thus Jesus is in a constant, peaceful struggle against their seduction. Jesus’ antagonism is clear-cut, simple, irreducible: “Be...

First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Tuesday of Ordinary Time 14 January 2020 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. (Mark 1: 21-22) How shall I live this Word? The authority of Jesus is like the sun when it rises to brighten the day. But at noon and in the first afternoon hours, it is advisable not to expose oneself too much. Too much sun can cause grave consequences. The human-divine Person of Jesus certainly did not lack that authentic value which is authoritativeness, like the sun that revives your strength when you expose yourself to it. Authoritarianism, on the other hand, is the opposite. It manifests itself when the person is self-centered and seeks approval, praise, agreement, and even the subjection of those who share life with them. Jesus, so rich in tenderness with each person, had very strong words towards scribes and Pharisees. He called them hypocrites; in fact authoritarianism is a form of betrayal. When true, authority conceives love as a service to...