Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

September 3, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (540-604)

First Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11

Psalm 27:1-4, 13-14

Luke: 4:31-37

How would you describe a person with “authority?”  I believe that we can say that he or she is the one who speaks with more credibility and reliability.  As we know God is the “supreme authority” since He is the Creator and the author of all creatures.  St. Paul reminds us that, “All authority comes from God.”  So then, isn’t it fair to say that we must respect and obey that authority?  If not, the world would be in a more chaotic state than it is currently experiencing and we wouldn’t know who to follow.

In today’s Gospel Jesus spoke with authority because He spoke the Word of God as no one had spoken before.  When the Rabbis taught they supported their statements with quotes from other authorities.  The prophets spoke with delegated authority.  Especially when they would say, “Thus says the Lord!”  When Jesus spoke He needed no authorities to back up what He was saying.  He was authority incarnate, the Word mad flesh.  When He spoke, God spoke.   Jesus took the existence of evil very seriously, as in the case of the possessed man.  With power and authority He “commanded” the evil spirits to come out.  Recognizing that authority, they left the man and did him no harm.

What then does this Gospel have to do with us?   Pope Francis said that, “Evil is a reality.”  We encounter evil in ourselves when we give into temptations.  This occurs when we fail to listen to or ignore the voice of our conscience.  We encounter evil in the people around us, in our society, and in the world.  It seems that our society is permeated by evil.  But what can we do?  St. Paul leads us to the basic attitude we must have to encounter evil; to follow the urgings of the Holy Spirit which bars evil from entering and destroying our lives.

Question of the Day:  If demons recognize the Son of God, how much more should we believe the Gospel and trust in Jesus?

Prayer“A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited His people.”  (Taken from today’s Gospel acclamation.)



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