Apologies for not posting last week. I am in South Africa visiting my mother who has been ill. Your prayers for her would be greatly appreciated.
One of my friends recently told me it was her opinion that the Bible was ‘man-made’ and not inspired by God. One of the many counter-arguments to this is the numerous fulfilments of Old Testament prophecy in the person of Christ. In this week’s readings, Jesus reveals himself as the prophet foretold in Deuteronomy 18 (First Reading). The Gospel describes the astonishment of the people in the Synagogue as Jesus supports his authoritative teaching by carrying out an exorcism.
The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
Jesus didn’t just talk, his miraculous acts provided the evidence that here indeed was someone possessing supernatural power.
Word Format: Year B 4th Sunday
Pdf Format: Year B 4th Sunday
For a Scripture Study on this week’s readings, read Dr John Bergsma’s article here.
And to listen to Fr Robert Barron’s homily, click here.