Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark
Jesus and his disciples entered Capernaum.
Immediately on the Sabbath day,
he went to the synagogue, and there he taught.
We were struck by his teaching,
for he taught as a man of authority,
and not like the scribes.
Now there was in their synagogue
a man tormented by an unclean spirit,
who began to shout:
“What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are :
you are the Saint of God. »
Jesus challenged him sharply:
” Shut your mouth ! Get out of this man. »
The unclean spirit caused him to convulse,
then, uttering a loud cry, came out of him.
They were all stunned
and asked each other:
” What does that mean ?
Here is a new teaching, given with authority!
He commands even unclean spirits,
and they obey him. »
His fame immediately spread everywhere,
throughout the region of Galilee.
Meditation Pastor Corinne Charriau
Twice during this story, the witnesses of the scene will be struck with astonishment by the authority with which Jesus teaches and drives out an impure spirit. What is at stake in what is happening concerns the identity of Jesus: he does not teach like the scribes and he even gives orders to unclean spirits who obey his word. Jesus is at the center of the story. Mark sets the scene here: from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee he tackles the theme of Jesus’ authority in matters of teachings and acts of power. And this authority of Jesus will oppose the religious authorities, and this is what will lead him to death.
The witnesses of the scene seize on the authority of Jesus the fact that he does not teach like the scribes. Their referential is that of the scribes, so they situate Jesus in relation to them. We too have religious or other references, and we situate many things, events, and even people in relation to them. We also have our idea of who Jesus is.
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