Tuesday 10 January 2023
Hebrews 2:5-12. You gave your Son authority over all your creation – Psalm 8:2-5, 9. Mark 1:21-28.
He taught them with authority
As someone who enjoys seaside spots, I think I’d quite like to visit Capernaum – it appears a bit went on in this Galilean town of fishing and trade. Capernaum wasn’t around in the Old Testament scriptures, it was a newish place established on a trade route between Damascus and Egypt, and Jesus enjoyed being there. St Paul’s letter to the Hebrews reminds the community that Jesus wasn’t above the angels, he was below them – he was with the people. Succinctly, ‘For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock’; Jesus spent his time amid the people, teaching them of the genuine love of God, with authority – the people listened and attended to him with regard and respect, more so than they listened to the scribes. In a place like Capernaum, a melting-pot of visitors, his actions – miracles – and teaching got out and about. He welcomed a number of disciples, enabled a couple of ill people to rejoin the community and even raised a child back to life – some good work in a seaside spot.