11.01.2022 — Silencing His Identity

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1st Week in Ord. Time, Tuesday – 11th January 2022 — Gospel: Mark 1,21-28

Silencing His Identity

Exorcism is the first miracle in the Gospel of Mark and it is a practical example of the teaching of Jesus. The exorcism indicates that the kingdom has indeed drawn near (Mk 16,17) and Satan’s reign has ended. This is the first time in this Gospel that we come across what is commonly known as “the command to silence”. This is a technique that the evangelist Mark uses in his Gospel for a particular motive. Jesus commands demons (1,25.34), those he has healed (1,44) and the family members of the one healed (5,43) not to make known his identity or he is the one who healed them. One of the reasons why Jesus silences them is that the Marcan Jesus did not want people to mistake him for merely an exorcist or miracle worker, but wanted them to realize that He was the Christ who would suffer, die on the cross and be raised on the third day.

10.01.2022 — Kingdom as a Gift and a Demand

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1st Week of Ordinary Time, Monday – 10th January 2022 — Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Kingdom as a Gift and a demand

Mark portrays Jesus’ proclamation of the coming kingdom 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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