Fr. Howard Thompson
Believers gather to worship the Lord. Are we consciously aware of the difference between being “astonished” by the teaching and preaching of the word, as opposed to allowing this same word to get into the core of our being and cause healing and conversion?
The gospel shows that the crowd marvelled at the teaching of Jesus, but only one man was truly affected by these words which highlighted his uncleanness (Mk. 1:21-28). It is nice to hear a good sermon or homily. It is better to allow that word to guide us into holiness.
Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen and positively respond. May Your word enlighten our way and choices in life, so that we will truly grow in Your grace and favour. Amen.