Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” —Mark 1:27 (NLT)
My brothers and sisters,
The world is not only consisting of good spirits, but also unclean spirits. They respectively cause goodness and evil, which the Bible symbolizes as light and darkness.
Both kinds of spirits attract us. When we are weak, the unclean spirit can overpower us. But if we let the Holy Spirit reign upon us, the darkness cannot reign in us.
How could we avoid the unclean spirit? We cling on to Jesus Christ by praying because He is the Holy One of God. The more we pray, the more we feel God's peace. Otherwise, the more we separate from Jesus, the more we lose peacefulness. Unclean spirit brings us to bad things, such as violence, conflict, injustice, intolerance, and sickness.
Today's gospel shows us the man who was with unclean spirit. There was no peace inside himself. He was full of violence. But when he encountered Jesus and admitted that Jesus was The Holy One of God, he surrendered himself to the power of God that can release him from the devil. Our encounter with Jesus and openness to the power of God let God reign upon us.
Therefore, let us pray to God. May only God overpower us and keep away all that is evil. May by our unity with God, we get peacefulness in ourselves and our family. God bless us.
Reflection on Mark 1:21-28 by Fr. Aris Mada, SVD