Power in His Words

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power in his words

Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Sept. 2, 2014



First Reading: 1 COR 2:10B-16

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13AB, 13CD-14

Gospel:  LK 4:31-37



After Jesus’ escape from his townsfolk, He preached on a Sabbath at Capernaum. In our gospel today, which is a continuation of yesterday’s Gospel rading, the people who heard Jesus speak observed that He spoke with authority because there is power in His words. This same power was manifested in His actions when Jesus exorcised a man possessed by a demon. Just by the words of Jesus, the demon left the man unharmed. “Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm.” There is power in His words. The power that came from the words of Jesus comes from His being the Holy One of God. This identity of Jesus as the Holy One of God, which was understood by the demon differently, is the same as identity that Jesus embranced for Hisemself when He read from the propeht Isaiah when He preached at the Synague in Nazareth. Jesus read:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

After reading this, Jesus said, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” Those words that He spoke is powerful because it actualized the prophesy of Isaiah as read. Jesus told the people that He is the “anointed one” who proclaims a year of favor of the Lord and liberates those in bondage. This is manifested in our Gospel today. Jesus spoke with authority. He set the man free from the demonic slavery. There is power in His words. These powerful words are embedded in the divine mission of Jesus as the anointed one, the Messiah.

Today, we can also experience the power of His words if we totally accept Jesus as our Messiah. We may say that we welcome Jesus into our hearts, that we know Him and that we have faith in Him. Yet, we do not live according to His words. If the way we live is not in conformity with the words of Jesus, how can we experience the power of His words. We may pray that Jesus will just say us, “you will be healed of your cancer,” “you will always have food on your table,” “all your problems are now solved,” etc.  How we desire that these words that Jesus may speak to us would become our reality. Even if we do not experience the power in His words, we can never say that it is not powerful. The power of the words of Jesus is not diminished nor abolished just because we do not experience it. It remains as powerful as it was before.

The reminder for us now in order to experience the power in His words is to live according to the words of Jesus.


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