Tuesday 5 September 2023

About Today Readings

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. Luke 4:31-37.

He spoke with authority

The spirit of an unclean devil possessing a man, commanded to come out of him, does so. Our sceptical age isn’t quite equipped to take this on face value. Yet the people of Jesus’ time lived in a world populated by spirits, good and bad. They were aware of that which is beyond the material and gave expression to their experience in quite concrete ways. This world ‘beyond’ was not ethereal but bound up in their material experience.

Jesus’ authority is in both the material and spiritual worlds, and especially at their intersection. He makes ‘a deep impression’ because he ‘spoke with authority’. His authority comes from the way he overcomes the divide and fully integrates the spiritual with the material. He is a human person in full relationship with God and so, in the words of today’s first reading, ‘alive or dead, we should still live united to him’.

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