Working for the Word

Focusing the Gospel

Key words and phrasestaught, people were astonished, having authority, Holy One of God, Come out of him, with authority

To the point: The people in the gospel twice responded to Jesus as one with authority: when he taught them and when he cast out the “unclean spirit.” What was this authority? Both in word and deed Jesus touched people in their need. The people were “astonished” and “amazed” because Jesus was saying and doing something new. He was revealing God's very presence and life—he is “the Holy One of God” among them. And among us.

Connecting the Gospel …

… to the First Reading: Moses was a prophet who spoke God's word with authority; now Jesus is the One God raises up with authority—not just a prophet, but as the Holy One of God.

… to experience: Thinking of evil in terms of demons and devils keeps us at arm's length. The evil in our world that we must confront is more personal and immediate: violence, poverty, discrimination, etc.


**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson