02-04-2018 – 5th Sunday of Ordinary time

THERE WILL NOT BE A PODCAST NEXT WEEKEND, I WILL BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

We are very early in Mark’s Gospel with the readings from last week and this. Last week’s gospel spoke about the demoniac who shouted “…I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” When he shouted this, Jesus immediately told him to keep quiet. And forcefully!
There are two easily understood reasons why Jesus commanded the demon’s silence.
First, Jesus would not accept the witness of a demon for who he is. All demons, because of who they are, are inclined to, if not compelled to, lie. So Jesus would not accept their statements about him, even though that part of what they were saying was true.
Second, there were two competing ideas of the mission of the Messiah circulating among the Jews in Jesus’ day.
One was that the Messiah would be the conquering hero king who would over throw the Roman occupiers of the land and reestablish the Davidic kingship and the nation in all its supposed and remembered fame and glory. This would usher in a time of God’s favor for His faithful people and all the nations would have to recognize the power of …read more

Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts

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