By Sem. Peter Collin Crisostomo
In today’s Gospel we are told that the people were amazed and questioned how Jesus was able to cure the demoniac. They seemed to question the authority of Jesus because for them, He is as ordinary as them. That is why they tend to be perflexed about it.
In our Modern Philosophy class, I learned about a philosopher named Thomas Hobbes who became famous because of his saying in his philosophy Leviathan – lupus hominis; “man is a wolf to man.” This phrase only means one thing as explained by Thomas Hobbes, that is, man is in competition with the other for honor and glory that may lead to war.
As we look into our world today, many leaders of different country particularly the United States of America and Iran are making war with one other due to pride and ego. If we let ego eat our troubled hearts it would lead to anger and desperation. If we try to look closely, the authority that these leaders have are not absolute authority. They are gifts and privileges in which they tend to think that they have absolute power over other races.
The Gospel today reminds us that there is only one authority over all of us and that is God, who created us. He has the control over us, and not us over our brethren. I am always reminded by my parents to look at others as my fellow brothers and sisters and not treat them as inferior to me. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. The Church teaches us to see the face of God on others and not to condemn them because of their physical stature. What matters is what is not said.
We must learn to value the authority given to us because it is temporary, and as leaders we need to be servants to our fellowmen. A true leader is the one who serves and not the one being served.
THE GOSPEL TODAY
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.