In the gospel passage we read today from Mark, a possessed man cries out in recognition of who Jesus is and what he can do. Why is it that demons easily recognize him when we fail so often to see and feel his presence among us?
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.
Jesus is present in the Word, he is present in the Church, he is present in our brothers and sisters. Call to him and he will answer, reach for him and he will extend his hand, do good in his name and he will bless us with compassion and love.