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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 71
Read the Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Gospel Summary
Much of Jesus' teaching took place in a synagogue and specifically in today's reading, the synagogue at Capernaum was filled with Jewish people from Galilee. Jesus' listeners were surprised by his knowledge and authority. He especially surprised them when he cast out an evil spirit from one of the men. The evil spirit recognized who Jesus was and called him "the Holy One of God." The people didn't understand this meaning. Only the evil spirit recognized Jesus. The people, however, were impressed by Jesus' deeds and brought others to him for healing.

Reflection for Families
It is an awesome responsibility to have authority over another person. Our very use of that authority has the potential of lifting people up or tearing them down. The greatest responsibility we have rests in the authority we have over our children. The words we choose, the tone of voice we use to speak to them and the actions our children see us take, relate to them the authority Jesus has over us. It's often a sobering experience to think back over the day and recall what kind of witness we've been for Jesus. Our hope is that we can try again tomorrow.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
We may not be able to exorcize evil spirits, but as a family, suggest places in your school, work place, neighborhood or community where evil (or something unjust) exists. Make a plan and take an action as a family to right this wrong.

Discussion Starters
1. Just like Jesus sent the evil spirit from the man, someone once helped me get over something troubling when...
2. People were looking to Jesus to perform healings and miracles. A miracle I witnessed was when...
3. One person of great authority who I think is most like Jesus is...

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