DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY:
THE CURE OF THE DEMONIAC (Lk 4:31-37).
TUESDAY, 22nd WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “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!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.
COMMENTARY FROM THE NAVARRE BIBLE, ST. LUKE (WITH PERMISSION)
- 33-37 Jesus now demonstrates by his actions that authority which was evident in his words.
- 34 The demon tells the truth here when he calls Jesus “the Holy One of God”, but Jesus does not accept this testimony from the ‘father of lies” (Jn 8:44).
- This shows that the devil usually says something partially true in order to disguise untruth; by sowing confusion in this way, he can more readily deceive people. By silencing and expelling the demon, Jesus teaches us to be prudent and not let ourselves be deceived by half-truths.
TOPIC: IS THERE PEACE IN YOUR HEART?
In today’s gospel reading, it was the Sabbath and Jesus goes to Capernaum, a town around the area of Galilee, and teaches at the synagogue. A man, possessed by a demon disturbs His discourse, shouts at the top of his voice to mock Him. Jesus tells the demon, “Be Quiet! Come out of him!” And the demon left the man. We reflect today on Jesus’ words, “Be quiet!” What keeps you busy these days? In this pandemic time, have you found yourself having more time to pray, to meditate, to reflect on the word of God? Or are there other things that pre-occupy you?
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