Power of His Word

Luke 4: 31-37
1 Thes 5:1-6.9-11/Ps 27:1,4,13-14

What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!
(Luke 4:36)

If we follow Jesus our Lord,
We’ll have no fear of plague or sword;
As God’s children we’re all assured
Of the protection of His Word.

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!” Jesus said sternly, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” And the news about him spread throughout the land.

Reflection

The power of God’s Word continues to amaze us as they did thousands of years ago when they were spoken by Jesus. Our Lord continues to teach us today as He did His disciples in Capernaum and Galilee. Just as He promised before He ascended into heaven — “I am with you always until the end of time” (Mt.28:20) — He is present with us still, not only in the Holy Spirit and in the Holy Eucharist, but in the power of His words in Holy Scripture.

If we only read the Bible often enough, we will come to realize that the Gospel is not just a story depicting the life of Jesus Christ, but a miraculous source of tranforming power that has changed the lives of millions of saints here on earth in the course of thousands of years. It has given spiritual healing, helped cast out evil spirits, and brought life to once moribund souls who in turn have become potent witnesses for Christ, sharing His light to those who are still in darkness. How many ‘insignificant lives’ have we heard at the podium — many without a college degree — boldly, and articulately proclaiming how the Word of God changed their lives?

Is Jesus calling you to be a witness for the Gospel? Or do you feel weighed down, or even chained by come materialistic obsession? Do you feel possessed by immoral thoughts or tendencies that you have no control of? Turn to Jesus to give you the healing that you need. Simply pray to Him for healing, and listen to Him by reading the Gospel accounts of His life and teachings. Try it. You have nothing to lose, but an eternity of freedom and joy to gain.

Father God, Your greatest Covenant is Your Beloved Son, Jesus the Word made flesh, Who is with us in Spirit and in Holy Scripture. Fill us with the desire to read Your Word daily, so that we may be transformed completely, and be able to serve Your kingdom as effective witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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