Gospel from Mark 1:21-28
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
The evangelist Mark writes that Jesus taught with authority.
What is the root word of authority?
An author is one who creates, it is a source and it is also one who writes, as in a book or a poem.
Jesus teaches with authority because He is God. He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. We proclaim in the creed:
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
You could spend the rest of this day thinking and meditating on those words.
The Holy Trinity has always existed and always will exist. The Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit- three persons, one God. Jesus Christ, is the Second Person of the Trinity- the Son. “For us men, and for our salvation … he became man.” Jesus, teaches with authority because He is God- the originator, the source, the author of all creation of all that is good, true and beautiful.