4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
2nd Reading: 1Corinthians 7:32-35
Gospel Mark 1:21-28

Theme: The Liberating Authority of Jesus


Rick Smith once retorted that “a new teacher is like trying to fly an airplane while building it”. This statement underscores the challenges that confront teachers nay workers when they found themselves in a new working environment. Indeed the beginning of every enterprise isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time, patience and learning for one to acclimatize with a new situation or environment. Jesus like a new teacher who has been posted to his first station in a rather uncharacteristic of a new teacher, mesmerized his audience with his authoritative teachings.


In our first reading of today, the whole assembly of Israel were dejected and saddened by a seemingly farewell speech from a man who has been their liberator and a charismatic leader. Moses assured them that his absence wouldn’t create a vacuum but God Himself will appoint a Prophet like him to lead them. The height of fulfilment of this prophecy is seen in the Gospel reading of today.

Jesus’ teachings didn’t only make a deep impression on the people but liberated them. We are told that he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath. It is instructive to note that in Deuteronomy 5:15, Moses explained that one of the reasons for the keeping of the Sabbath is to remember the liberating power of God. Thus it is not surprising to see Jesus the new Moses also liberating someone from the demonic possession and setting him free. Again like a new Moses, Jesus does not only teach the law (Torah) but does so as an authority.

The second reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians must be put in context. He is not saying anything to spite the married men and women. His prime concern is about having an unflinching allegiance and commitment to Jesus and the things of God. For Paul then, Jesus wields authority and liberating power and that all must submit to this authority wholeheartedly.

Jesus has special concern for those marginalized by the society. He gets involved in their lives and liberate them from the shackles of sin and natural forces. He commands authority over all forces in whatever shape or form. We are therefore being called upon to submit our will to this liberating authority of Christ. May it never be said of us that we stood knee-deep in the waters and still died of thirst.

Have A Blessed Sunday….



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