Study of the ReadingsEd. by Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
• Words, Phrases
• To the point • First Two Readings
Teaching With Authority
The dramatic healing of the demoniac by an authoritative word is a demonstration of God's reign in their midst. And the people recognize it as such.
John Kavanaugh, SJ
Expressions of the Call
Certainly an unmarried person devoted to God will have more time for service of others, especially on an emergency basis, and also have more time for quiet and isolated prayer.
John J. Pilch
Authority and Honor
Jesus is not controlled or cowed by this unclean spirit. Instead, Jesus shows that his power is stronger than that of the spirit. Jesus commands the spirit to come out of the man, and it does!
John Henry Newman
People of the lowest class and the humblest education may know fully the ways and works of God; fully, that is, as human beings can know them; far better and more truly than the most sagacious of this world from whom the gospel is hidden.
Reginald H. Fuller
Mark does not deny that Jesus displayed both authority and power in his miracles, but for him the miracles were only one aspect of Jesus’ authority. The primary emphasis rests upon his teaching.