100 Words – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Un-shamed”

Artwork by Diccon Oliver.

By Peter Oliver, Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry

The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. Mark 1:22

The nobody from Nazareth does a shameful thing today – “have you heard, the carpenter’s teaching in the synagogue!?!”

But just so it’s clear that Jesus can do this, Mark depicts Jesus dealing, handily, with a demon-shrieking-man and the faithful are impressed.

“He teaches with authority!”

This authority of Jesus is “teaching = actions” authority. What he does and what he says are seamlessly united. And what he does is restore a marginalized person to the community.

That frightens us because it shatters our outsider-insider worldview and favours uncompromising actions that declare, “by God’s power you are restored to this community.”

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[This is a weekly blog re-published from www.olivebranchministry.ca with permission from author Peter Oliver. Each post is exactly 100 words.]