Unclean spirits and authority

 
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Tuesday of the first week of the year, based on Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Barbara Schwarz OP

Barbara Schwarz is a Dominican Sister of Amityville. She is an artist and member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts. Barbara's work reflects a deep sense of justice and a profound love of color. She does workshops, days of prayer, and art as meditation with groups. Barbara has been a presenter at the Dominican College and Youth Preaching Conferences.