Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time/ August 31, 2021
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37
Friends, after Jesus was thrown out of Nazareth, the city where He had lived; in today’s Gospel, He went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. As customary He goes to the synagogue during the Sabbath, and there, He taught them, and spoke with authority. While teaching the people in the synagogue, He healed a man with a spirit of unclean demon. He does this not only to help the man of his suffering, but also to prove His authority coming from the Father, so that they may believe. So, after Jesus told the demon to come out of the man, the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing any harm. The people were all amazed because with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits to come out. And because of this, news spread fast everywhere in the surrounding region.
Jesus’ words are authoritative. They are strong and direct that it urges a change of lifestyle. Even demons or unclean spirits obeys His word, without harming the man they possessed. They could not resist Jesus’ words for His, are firm, steadfast, and authoritative.
The same message and teaching were given every day to His apostles, disciples, and even unto us. We are given everyday a direct and strong words of Jesus in the gospels. But the question is; are we willing to listen and lived His words? Are we willing to change our lifestyle with the lifestyle of Jesus?
Abba, Father, thank You for giving us Jesus as our teacher. May we who listen everyday His words in the gospels, always be firm and steadfast in our faith in You, and may we who obey His words change our lifestyle into His own lifestyle. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.