It is not uncommon for us to be reminded of the importance of knowing how to listen, since knowing how to listen to whoever is speaking to us is not only a sign of respect, but also allows us to understand the world of others and helps us improve communication, avoiding misunderstandings. Even knowing how to listen carefully can be a sign of love for the speaker, since I dedicate time to the person who wants to be heard.
In today's Gospel (Mk 1, 21-28) people are amazed at the words of Jesus, not only for the things he says but also for how he says them, which is why it is mentioned that: "The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.” Yes, they recognize that in Jesus there is authority. Furthermore, this authority is ratified when Jesus himself acts by liberating the human being. Jesus' words heal the body and soul.
That day in the synagogue was the opportunity to free a man possessed by an unclean spirit. This unclean spirit knew how to recognize the presence of God in Jesus, hence the authority in the words, since the one who speaks in Jesus is God himself, since Jesus is the same Word of God.
Let us approach Jesus today with confidence, let us listen to what He has come to tell us. Let us read the gospels, pray with the Word of God, and listen in our hearts to the Lord who comes to reveal to us the unconditional love of God for us, a love that is capable of freeing us from those things that still do not allow us to be everything for God.
Fr. Carlos Flores, OSA