Have you ever wondered what you would have thought had you lived in the first century and encountered Jesus? I know I do. If we had, would we have recognized him for who he was, or would we have been so wed to our own beliefs that we couldn’t. Today’s gospel gives us an example of the impression that Jesus made as he did his works.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“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, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
What was it about his word that made demons flee? Was it simply his authority, or was it something more? Would we have thought that he was a holy man?
If we had been there, would we have believed in him?