Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (II) (12th January, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Hilary, B.D. Opt. Mem.)


1Sam 1:9-20;
1Sam 2:1. 4-8. (R. cf. v.1);
Mk 1:21-28.

Topic: Proclamation of the devil.
Jesus went to Capernaum with His disciples and taught in their synagogue with authority. Right inside their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit. Interestingly 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” (Mk 1:24).

It is important to note that the people inside the synagogue did not know Jesus. They managed to distinguish between His teaching and that of the scribes. Yet the man with an unclean spirit or rather the unclean spirit knows Him too well.

Knowing Jesus and/or saying who Jesus is did not bring anything good to the unclean spirit. Although he knows Jesus he does not keep His words, cf. Jn 14:15, 23, 24. And Jesus tells us, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21). Whoever sincerely recognizes Jesus as Lord ought to do what He asks us to do, cf. Lk 6:46. So be wise and proclaim Jesus in your life because even the devil knows that Jesus is Lord (the Holy One of God).

Bible Reading: Matt 7:21-29; Lk 6:46-49.

Thought for today: If one does not proclaim Jesus in his/her life it will not differ from that of the unclean spirit.

Let us pray: God give us your grace to enable us proclaim you in actions – Amen.

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