Tuesday 20 February 2018
Read: Mark 1: 23-27
Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘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.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority!
Jesus was in “their” synagogue. When the unclean spirit recognised him, by God’s authority Jesus cast it out, and started something new, for the man and for the community What differences might we see in ‘our’ churches and communities if we each acknowledge the authority of Jesus Christ?
God of Authority, may I be open your healing. Help me to let go of my unhealthy ways, and follow your way of hope, truth and life.
Do you look for Jesus, for the work of the Holy Spirit, in ‘your’ church and community every day? Is there anything unhealthy which might end; what new might begin? Claire Maxim, Rector of Ludgershall and Faberstown