Friday, January 30, 2015

Epiphany 4 B - Mark 1:21-28

Mark 1:21-28
The unclean spirit who cries out in the synagogue obeys Jesus and comes out of the man. The scribes reject Jesus and on more than one occasion claim that it is Jesus who is possessed. It seems it was always the possessed and the dispossessed that recognized the Christ in Jesus. The Gerasene demoniac, the Samaritan leper, the Syrophoenician woman, the Centurion with a dead daughter, Zacchaeus the tax collector to name but a few. The scribes and Pharisees and teachers of the law only recognize a Jesus who threatens the authority they have claimed for themselves. But the spirit that recognizes the Christ in Jesus comes out because it could not resist the authority of Jesus. Perhaps the spirits that possess us would respond in the same way if we weren’t so good at keeping them from crying out.

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