HE SPOKE WITH AUTHORITY
Goodness possesses an intrinsic power to dismantle and eventually destroy the subtle forms what evil can do in today's world.
In today's Gospel Jesus Christ early into His ministry in Capernaum, He bears witness to His anointing by the Holy Spirit. The close connection between the words and the works of Jesus identifies Him as the "prophet like Moses," whose messianic coming was announced in Deuteronomy: "I will raise up for them a prophet like you." God told Moses,”... [I] will put my words into his mouth" (18:18.) The people are spellbound by Jesus' teaching,”because He spoke with authority" (Lk 4:32.) Just as Moses had no equal in "the terrifying power that he exhibited in the sight of all Israel," - so does the power of Jesus Christ over the unclean spirits strike all who see it with astonishment. The two Scripture readings explore what Jesus' prophetic ministry means for all who follow Him. St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians passed on this message with a warning to stay alert and sober so that we too may gain salvation through Jesus Christ, who died for us. Then, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him, over whom Satan has no power.
As modern day disciples of Jesus' we also receive a warning not to be conquered by evil but to conquer evil with good. Thus we shall evidence the good news of living a Gospel life, like Jesus showed us. A sense of justice, a regard for truth, a pursuit of honesty, these become weapons for defeating what is bad. Goodness possesses an intrinsic power to dismantle and eventually destroy the subtle forms what evil can do in today's world. Paul also put in his letter: we are not in darkness, but rather "children of the light," so we shall not be overcome.
Receive not the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, and challenge evil!