4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 28th January, 2018

Liturgical Reflection


In Mark’s reading today we look at the authority and power of our Blessed Lord.

Authority (exousia) is also akin to the verb exesti denoting freedom.  One who acts with without restraint.

Christ being both God and man had divine freedom for He was the Word of the Father on earth.

He astounded the erudite in the Temple in Jerusalem when He was only 12 years old, and continued to amaze with His revolutionary philosophy, revelation, and amazing knowledge during His mission on earth: right up till when He was condemned by the same people he tried to educate and convert.

He did not follow the course of the priests, elders and scribes who were bound by tradition and the written word.  He was bringing a new message, that of the faith and philosophy we now call Christianity, given to us by the sublime authority of God Himself.

The exorcism performed in the synagogue is another example of His authority over demonic spirits.  Mark gives us other episodes of encounters with demons and the Prince of Darkness in 5:2, 7, 8, 13; 9:25-26.

As to the authority of Christ over demons, Aquinas says it all when the demonised swine were driven into the sea.  It was not the work of the “Divine Miracle”; but work of the devils by divine permission.

We as believers know that God has power over all spirits, and the word His Son left us is our strength.  It comes from the acceptance of that word.

Today we are seeing the Word swept aside by those who defy the teaching of the Prince of Prophets and the prophets and patriarchs of old.

Let us pray that our politicians have the strength to stand by the given word and God’s Holy Law and not give in to those who would destroy our sacred tradition.

St Thomas Aquinas Chapter