Tuesday, 10 January 2012

10th January 2012 Mark 1:21-28

Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit
[21] They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. [22] The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. [23] Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, [24] “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” [25] “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” [26] The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. [27] The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” [28] News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

I'm struck by how we often we need the huge displays of faith to make a response.  It was not enough that Jesus said that he was the messiah and taught and preached profoundly; Jesus had to make a miracle of immense proportions happen.

It's made me think; do I always look and share the "big stuff" and in so doing reduce the very real miracle of the everyday with Christ.

Jesus we rejoice that you show us your power in the miracles, but we are also reminded of your miracle of forgiveness.  Thank you for the unseeable as well as the massive.  Amen.

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