February 6

Reflection

The people there were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority
Mark 1:22.

Jesus knew who he was and he knew what he wanted. He made it clear and he wasn’t afraid of the consequences. Pleasing those in power was not part of his style. He spoke with strength and integrity and it was so evident that those who listened were ”amazed”. They were used to the hypocrisy of their leaders who compromised with the oppressors and put their own interests first even when it meant sacrificing the rights of their own people. Instead, Jesus’ conviction and compassion were compelling. They realized that no one was unimportant to him . Most surprising of all, he expected them to act that way too! Unwillingness to open themselves to the equality and needs of others was a rejection not only of them but also of Jesus. Being absorbed in themselves to the detriment of others was an affront to him. As followers of Jesus can we be reflective of his life and integrity so that others are amazed?

Prayer

God give me the grace to live as a true follower of Jesus.

Action

Where do I act out of what keeps me safe rather than what is truthful ? What needs to change in me?

Suggested Reading

 They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Mark1:21-23

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
St. Francis of Assisi

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
Billy Graham

The wisest have the most authority.
Plato

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
William Faulkner

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.
Albert Einstein

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.
Mahatma Gandhi

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Edmund Burke

 

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