Weekly Reflection

As part of my work as Manager, Campus Ministry for the University of Notre Dame Australia I write a weekly refection on the coming Sunday's Gospel and email it to all staff and students of the Fremantle Campus. This then is the weekly blog of those reflections, based on the Gospel readings for Sundays, as per the lectionary of the Roman Missal of Paul VI. Should these reflections find any readership whatsoever, I hope that it is edifying.
The title of my blog is taken from the English translation of Cardinal John Henry Newman's memorial epitaph, which was inscribed on his memorial plaque at the Birmingham Oratory.

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem - Through Shadows and Images to Truth

Friday, January 30, 2015

2 February 2015 - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Gospel Mk 1:21-28 

“He taught them with authority”

An interesting thing that we’ve witnessed so far in our reflections on Mark’s Gospel is that, up until now, we’ve heard very little about the actual content of Jesus’ teaching.
What we’ve seen very directly is that Jesus was a man who had an inherent magnetism. There was something about his person that people gravitated towards. In today’s Gospel we read that he spoke not as one who gave a considered theological opinion like the scribes and other teachers, but as one who had authority.
While we might conjecture about the content of Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue at Campernaum, all that we are given in this reading is that it had a tremendous impact on all those who heard it.
The fact that these words go unreported is not to say that his words were unimportant for the evangelist – far from it – as we see in today’s Gospel, his words contain a power like nobody had ever seen. Indeed, with but a few words Jesus is able to deliver this unfortunate man who suffered demonic possession.

But in my reading, I think the evangelist here is trying to emphasise that Jesus was not into proclaiming a mere list of doctrine that his followers would simply need to ascent to. No, He was reaching out to them and offering something far more important: A relationship with a real person, one who is the incarnation of Love itself.

Point to Ponder
One cannot simply remain neutral to this person who makes such a bold claim.
What is my response to the person of Jesus?

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