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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
Yahweh, given Israel’s reluctance to encounter him directly like they recently did at Sinai, will provide them with prophets like Moses to mediate his word. Those who hear it will be under a serious obligation to obey and woe betide the false prophet.
The works of Yahweh incite the Psalmist to praise because they reveal his merciful and majestic nature and provide for the material and spiritual well being of his people. True wisdom begins with this realization and leads to unending praise.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)
St. Paul turns to the issue of eating meat that had been offered to idols. Those mature in faith can see that such meat is merely food but they should not exercise their freedom to eat if it leads weaker Christians to partake in something they still consider wrong.
Gospel (Mark 1:21-28)
Jesus astounds his listeners at Capernaum by teaching with unique authority. When he casts out an unclean spirit from a man after it had recognized him as the One God had sent to destroy his kind, everyone is even more amazed and his fame spreads.
- God’s (Christ’s) works reveal who he is
- By various means God makes his will known to humanity
- No other spiritual power can stand against the one true God
- The true prophet speaks with God’s authority
- That there is only one God has implications for the way we live