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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time B Year

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The second reading today explains what the authority of the servant of God is about. It is about the listening of God’s voice, about prophesizing according to the will of God. The Book of Deuteronomy relates the event of revelation that God Yahweh spoke to Moses on the Mount Horeb: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his month; he shall tell them all that I commend him. In the light of salvific work of Jesus Christ we know that it is Jesus who has fulfilled this in the best way. Being He himself in one person the Son of God and one of us He passed on to us the will of His Father and as the first He fulfilled it in the perfect way on the cross. We read today in the Gospel that Jesus being in the synagogue in Capernaum on a Sabbath day “taught the people as one having authority and not as the scribes”. The Evangelist, as the many who were listening to Jesus, felt that only Jesus taught with authority totally differently that those lying and pharisaic scribes, because their lives were far away from their teaching. Even more, Jesus confirmed his teaching with good deeds and miracles proper to the servant of God. The example of that we have in today’s Gospel: the expelled unclean spirit recognizes in Jesus “the Holy One of God”. The message of Mark is clear: Jesus is a foretold Messiah whom recognizes the spiritual world, and especially unclean spirits who are afraid of his salvific mission. The man with an unclean spirit cries 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”. If the world of the spirits recognizes Him in his work of salvation, even more should recognize him the people seeing in him a Messiah. The commentary of Mark ads: “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.” In Jesus Christ, today everyone recognizes a foretold Redeemer and his servants and can be recognizable by their Christian lifestyle following their divine Master. St. Paul mentions here especially celibate and virginity in the name of taking care about “the things of the Lord”, not decrease the role of matrimony, although the truth is that the last one takes care more about the earthly things.