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14.01.2020 — Jesus’ authority ends the demon’s tyranny

Posted under Reflections on January 13th, 2020 by

Week 1 of Ordinary Time, Tuesday – 14th January 2020 — Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Jesus’ authority ends the demon’s tyranny   

As Jesus teaches with authority, a man with an unclean spirit rises from the congregation and begins to shout at Jesus. On the one hand, the supernatural knowledge of the demon understands the mission of Jesus and knows who he truly is, “the holy one of God”. The demon knows what the disciples do not yet understand. On the other hand, the destruction of Satan’s rule is the expected result of the coming of God’s kingdom. Indeed, Jesus has come to destroy the powers of evil. His teaching on the reign of God effectively exposes evil and expels it effectively. He rebukes the evil spirit and commands it to come out of the man. Jesus, sharing in divine holiness, is undeniably the one who has come from God. His proclamation of God’s kingdom has become dramatically perceptible that it puts an end to demon’s tyranny.  

13.01.2020 — Kingdom as a gift and a demand

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Week 1 of Ordinary Time, Monday – 13th January 2020 — Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Kingdom as a gift and a demand

Mark portrays Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom coming not only as a gift (“good news”), but also with a demand (“to repent”). This proclamation takes place at the time of fulfillment in the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God. Interestingly, Is 60,22 speaks of “the time” when God would bring about the restoration of Israel. Is 61,1 characterizes “the time” of the Lord’s favour as a time of preaching the good news. Is 52,7 connects the preaching of “good news” with the proclamation of God’s reign. Possibly the latter half of Isaiah lies behind Jesus’ eschatological vision, and this is the source of his understanding of the kingdom. Thus, the good news is that God wishes to establish his rule over the world and expects humans to respond to build his kingdom. It is the same God who promises the kingdom to sinners by their repentance and who calls disciples to give up all that they have to follow him. The four disciples with their willingness to throw themselves completely for Jesus illustrate that Jesus is their gift and he demands everything of them.

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