YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Mk. 1:1-28) Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (Mk.1:21-28)
In today’s Gospel Jesus encountered a man with an unclean spirit. Jesus was recognized by him as the Holy One of God. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit which came out of the man after a convulsion. People who witnessed what Jesus did were astounded and questioned who Jesus was. They were awed by Jesus’ teaching which came across with authority. There were many prophets and teachers at the time. But none equalled the authority which Jesus showed.
Teaching with authority means walking the talk. Words, no matter how beautiful and good, will be wanting if not complimented with action. Jesus was unique in this sense. His words were actions. Many had come ahead of him but none had the authority shown by Jesus. His miracles came with His teachings. His words were not only easily understood but also find proof and testimony in His life.
Confronted with such a situation, a decision to follow ensues. Some did. Some did not. Those who did came to know Jesus more and were more challenged in their faith. Those who did not, satisfied themselves with having heard His words and witnessed His miracles and nothing more. Their awe and wonder faded away.
When you hear Jesus’ words and actions, what happens to you? Are you, more and more, attracted to Him? Or you have the tendency to ask and look for more? Do we see Him as a miracle worker alone? Or the Messiah who came and saved us. And the Messiah who continues to speak to us and make miracles everyday?