Gospel: Luke 4:31-37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and began teaching the people at the sabbath meetings. They were astonished at the way he taught them, for his word was spoken with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by an evil spirit who shouted in a loud voice, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I recognize you: you are the Holy One of God.” Then Jesus said to him sharply, “Be silent and leave this man!” The evil spirit then threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him harm.
Amazement seized all these people and they said to one another, “What does this mean? He commands the evil spirits with authority and power. He orders, and you see how they come out!” And news about Jesus spread throughout the surrounding area.
Most of the greatest crimes committed in the 20th century were committed by people who excused themselves afterwards by saying that they were following orders. The people who order atrocities who do them do not take responsibility: each group hides behind the other. How refreshing it is when people speak or act and there are no faceless persons lurking behind their backs, and they likewise are not lurking behind the backs of others. Then the truth is made manifest. The Greek word for “truth” is aletheia, and it means “to be unveiled, to stand in the open, to be made manifest.”
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