Then they came to Capernaum, 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.
Prayer: Oh, Holy One of God, what do you have
to do with us? We know that you have the
words of eternal life and can command the evil one
to depart. You have power over all evil and
can conquer all sin. You are ready to do this
because of your unconditional love for us, and I
am ready to listen humbly to your word and
respond, so that I may be healed and have life
forever with you.
help me to trust in your power to heal
me of my sin.
His Way of Teaching: Jesus teaches with authority –– of
course he does, because he is the Son of
God! He is the one who has the words of
eternal life. He has been at the Father’s side
from all eternity. He has come to teach us the
way to the Kingdom of Heaven. So many voices
in our world today can confuse us and make us
doubt our faith. Can we not just listen with
hearts of faith to the simple message that Jesus
Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
2. Jesus Is in Charge: Jesus commands
the evil one, and he submits. The evil one
fears Christ’s power. The evil one is silenced and chased
out by a mere word from Christ. So often
we worry and fear that sin and evil have a
grip on us that we cannot break. We worry
we cannot live up to what the Lord expects
of us. Yet, his word makes that evil one flee
immediately. He can do the same in our lives
if we put our total trust in him.
3. The Evil I Cannot Overcome:
What is the major evil or sin that I
have not been able to expel? What is the primary
fault or defect in my life? All my effort
to improve has been blocked by this insidious power,
greater than my virtue. I need to turn to Christ
and put my trust in his word of life.
I need to ask him to free me from that
power which consumes me and holds me back from
loving and giving myself to him and to others.
Conversation with Christ: Speak that
word of life, Lord. Free me from the power of
the evil one. Do not let him run my
life or keep me from your love. Give me your
grace and I will be satisfied.
Resolution: I will be bold and trust
in the Lord’s power to help me overcome my faults
and the power of the devil’s influence on my