Discernment

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28

Originally delivered on January 31, 1988

In the first reading, we hear that God will speak to us, His people, through the prophets.  And to the prophets, God makes it clear that the prophets but speak for Him and not for themselves or someone other than God. In the Gospel then, we hear that Jesus spellbound those in the synagogue with his teaching with his ability to recognize and drive out evil. In the second reading, Paul speaks to the Corinthians about serving the Lord and dealing with life as married people. Fr. Healy explains that Paul, who believes that God’s kingdom is near, was offering his thoughts but that others since have used his words beyond what Paul may have intended.  We are implored to be discerning followers of Christ. (note that unfortunately, the tape of this homily is incomplete.)