Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 1:21-28 – 1st ORDINARY WEEK: 15 January 2019
The first sign of Jesus’ power in Mark’s Gospel is an exorcism. Jesus came with more than a message or alternative religious option. He brought a power and release from our spiritual and moral debilities. He broke the back of evil for us. His confrontations with the power of darkness both in His ministry and on the cross reveal how the shadow side of life became the instrument of His Resurrection and glory.
We know that personal failure can be the start of a new direction for us. The experience of sin can enable us to appreciate the gift of forgiveness and spiritual rebirth. Jesus is our Lord not because He descended in glory from heaven but because He entered the very bowels of human life and forged there a full expression of His Sonship.
Jesus was not perfected in spite of His suffering but rather through it.
Jakarta, 15 January 2019
A Christian Pilgrim