January 31, 2021, 4th Sunday of Epiphany

Theme: Living in Christ: Manifesting Divine Authority

Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva

Old Testament Proclamation: Deuteronomy 18: 15- 20

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 111

New Testament Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 8: 1-3; 10- 13

Gospel Proclamation: Mark 1: 21-28

How Do We Respond to God’s Authority In Our Lives

Epiphany continues to manifest who Jesus is and His Mission. This demonstrates God’s Power & Authority.

Authority in His Teachings

When Jesus entered the synagogue in Capernaum to teach, the people together with His disciples were astonished for he taught them as someone having authority and not as a scribe. Here, they’ve seen the manifestation, the revelation of God’s power and authority. Jesus has the power to convince, the power to challenge people to change and repent.

Why is there power / authority in His teachings?

1. He was submitted to His Father’s will and authority.

2. The Father and Him is one.

3. Jesus is the Word

4. His authority is a perfect balance of Love, Humility, & Grace.

It’s easy to submit when we feel we are loved rather than controlled or dominated. Jesus submitted to the Father, He obeyed, so the power of God is working in Him because of His obedience and submission to Him. Our obedience and submission to our Father will bring great impact on our lives. Everything in our life is connected to the Word of God.

His Authority Over demons/spirits of darkness

The man with the unclean spirit inside the synagogue disrupted Jesus but he was rebuked and cast out.

When we hear the Word, especially correction and confrontation, what is our attitude? Do we say “leave us alone?” Are we willing to accept correction?

This is an unclean Spirit within us and only God, through His Word and Spirit could deliver us. As a believer, we should not just be amazed by His teaching but we should also believe and obey it and tell others about it.

Homily Recap by Paz Indulo

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