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4th Sunday B year (2012)


Gospel Mk 1:21-28

Kémkedő főnökThen they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; 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!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

My comment:

A new teaching with authority. Jesus presents himself as a leader, as the leader. I am just reading a small but powerful booklet of Rajeev Peshawaria: Too many bosses, too many leaders. How true is this statement, whether you think about business or politics! Rajeev describes a good leader as follows: “A great leader is the kind of boss who inspires you to come every morning to work giving the best of yourself, who cares about that you believe in yourself, who cares about your success and whom you follow voluntarily.” This sounds awfully good, yet I wonder whether we recognize in this description our own bosses or even ourselves if we happen to be a boss. I hope nevertheless that you easily recognize Jesus. Isn’t Rajeev’s profile of a good leader a kind of description of Jesus? Isn’t Jesus the most powerful source of energy, an energy he freely lends to us? Good to know in times of crisis! And behold! even the unclean spirits i. e his adversaries obey him. Obviously they do not seem to have the choice…

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