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Chúa Nhật 4 Thường Niên Năm B

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time , Year B
Gospel, Mark 1:21-28
Then they came to Capernaum (1), and on the sabbath Jesus 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 (2) was a man with an unclean spirit (3); 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 (4) him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed (5) 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.
The difficult words
(1) Capernaum  is a city on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
(2) Synagogue is a place of worship for a Jewish congregation.
(3) An unclean spirit here is a devil.
(4) To rebuke someone means to correct sharply, to make someone stop doing evil.
(5) To convulse means to jerk or shake violently and uncontrollably.
The word "Gospel" comes from a Greek The word meaning "good news." It is the name  given to the four New Testament books  of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Evangelists who wrote the Gospels have testified to the Good News by writing about the life and message of Jesus. This week, the priest reads a passage from the Gospel according to Saint Mark. Mark begins his book with this proclamation: "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God."
How do we recognize true authority? Jesus' authority was obvious to those who listened to him at the synagogue in Capernaum. They could tell that Jesus' teaching was different from what they had heard before. He confronted evil, rejected it, and proclaimed a different kind of reign than they were used to hearing about from other religious figures. His words and witness spoke of the power of God in a convincing way that they had never encountered before. He taught not just through words, but through his actions.
Jesus taught with authority by offering his listeners the experience of a God who freely offered salvation to all, but especially sinners. Those who were considered to be sinners by many religious authorities included the least, the forgotten, the poor, women, those on the fringe, and those without hope. To these people, Jesus offered the message of God's steadfast love. Jesus gives the people hope by offering them the choice to live the reality of this new reign in how they love one another. By responding to the command of God in his own life, like the prophets before him, Jesus taught with a new authority, so that even evil recognized him.
People could tell that there was something different about Jesus. He spoke with authority. He did not teach like a scribe who knows things about God, but like the Son who actually knows God, his Father. This is because he really is "the Holy One of God." When Jesus speaks, actions follow: the sick are cured, the blind begin to see, and bad spirits flee in fear. Jesus' words have real power to free the world from evil. He puts that power in us by grace. We may not have miraculous powers, but we really can know God, our Father. We really can live in the world without being controlled by evil. We really can change the world by the power of forgiveness and love. This is why St. Paul wants us to "be free of all anxieties." If we know Jesus, his powerful words will set us free.
Did you ever hear the saying "Actions speak louder than words"? It's not enough to say that we'll do something — we have to actually do it in your morning prayers, ask the Lord to help you do everything you say you will do so you can be a trustworthy person. Keeping your word is always easier when God helps you!
1. Where did Jesus teach the people of God?
2. What happened when Jesus was teaching?
3. Whom did Jesus rebuke?
4. What did the unclean spirit talk about Jesus?
5. When did Jesus teach in the synagogue?
6. Why were people amazed at Jesus’ teaching?
7. Jesus teaches the people through words in the temple. But he also teaches them and us through his actions. He lives out what he is teaching. Can you think of an example when Jesus teaches us through his actions? What does he want us to learn?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Help us to listen to your Son's teaching and put it into practice. Send us your Holy Spirit to guide us to eternal life. Amen.
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